Tag Archives: Christmas

First Sunday after Christmas

[A liturgical note: Technically, when Christmas Eve is on a Sunday, and Christmas is on a Monday, we end up with no Sundays for Christmas. Technically, today is Epiphany, or rather, the Sunday before Epiphany, which is January 6. “January … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sometimes, something will happen in worship that takes me by surprise, and makes me think of things in a whole different way. This year during Advent, our pastor has been giving the children’s message at the beginning of the order … Continue reading

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Christmas Day

No sermon. All that baking and grading (still not completed) and packing and the travel we are doing today to get to our family had to take precedence. But here is a Christmas wish, in someone else’s words, still echoing … Continue reading

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Rare Ingredients

I grated orange zest the other day. Grating orange zest made me notice that baking has something in common with magic. Orange zest is not a particularly rare ingredient, at least not in the 21st century United States. Thank you, … Continue reading

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Cultural Symbolism, or Baking at Christmas

I have done some baking this Christmas, for the first time in at least a decade. I’m not entirely sure why I stopped baking at Christmas; it was probably some combination of busy-ness and overwhelm and the idea that we … Continue reading

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Seasons’ Greetings

Since my father died, I have tried to re-establish the practice of sending Christmas cards. It was a response to shame, as my personal initiatives often are. My dad sent Christmas cards, I realized when I cleaned out the house, … Continue reading

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