12 Days of Giveaways: Day 12: Suzanne Woods Fisher

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 12: Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Humble Cranberry There’s a beautiful wooden cranberry rake by my fireplace that I use to hold magazines, but my dad had used, as a boy growing up on Cape Cod, to harvest red cranberries from his childhood farm each fall. My dad would get a chuckle out of how...
12 Days of Giveaways: Day 11: Valerie Fraser Luesse

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 11: Valerie Fraser Luesse

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...
12 Days of Giveaways: Day 10: Regina Jennings

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 10: Regina Jennings

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...
12 Days of Giveaways: Day 9: Shawn Smucker

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 9: Shawn Smucker

Christmas Race Track There is the farmhouse. It is warm and old and the nighttime shadows shift in my peripheral vision. I turn quickly but never see what slips around the corner. There is the living room with worn carpet. There is the kitchen, and the mudroom, and...
12 Days of Giveaways: Day 8: Sarah Loudin Thomas

12 Days of Giveaways: Day 8: Sarah Loudin Thomas

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...

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