12 Days Valerie Fraser Luesse

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 11: Valerie Fraser Luesse

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Like Two Trees in a Pod You never knew what might happen on our annual hunt for the family Christmas tree. I look around at all the beautifully manicured Christmas trees grown on farms near Birmingham, where I live—and the perfectly shaped, pre-lit artificial ones at Walmart and Hobby Lobby—and I think to myself: Where’s the challenge in that? When …

12 Days Regina Jennings

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 10: Regina Jennings

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Miss Laura Comes to Christmas When your grandparents own the Mansfield Livestock Auction in Mansfield, Missouri, you never know what you’re going to get for Christmas. There, they had a giant room that used to be the feed store. We kids called it the treasure room—the adults had other names for it. You see, when people couldn’t get rid of …

12 Days Sarah Loudin Thomas

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 8: Sarah Loudin Thomas

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Celebrating Old Christmas I love me some Christmas traditions! When I was a child, Christmas included decorating sugar cookies, singing lots of carols in the car, cutting a live tree and then watching Dad wrangle tangled lights, hanging our stockings above the fireplace, and Christmas Day with the cousins. And in retrospect, ALL of that was better than anything Santa …

12 Days Bethany Turner

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 7: Bethany Turner

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Slim Christmas “Christmas is going to be slim this year…” If I heard that once throughout my childhood, I heard it, well…each and every year of my childhood. My family has never been independently wealthy, by any stretch of the imagination, and finances were often pretty tight. I didn’t really understand that at the time, of course. Life was pretty …

12 Days Lisa Harris

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 6: Lisa Harris

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Traditions from the Other Side of the World I’ve always loved family traditions, and in particular, traditions surrounding Christmas. When I think of the holiday, I imagine snow falling, lit up trees in the living room with beautiful decorations and perfectly wrapped presents underneath, and Bing Crosby playing in the background. Except our Christmases have rarely looked like that. We …

12 Days Melody Carlson

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 3: Melody Carlson

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A Jolly, Holly Christmas One of my most memorable Christmases started out as a natural disaster. When I was eight, we experienced the worst flood in recorded Oregon history. It was only a few days before Christmas when our streets became shallow rivers and the governor proclaimed a state of disaster. My sister and I assumed the flood was simply …