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Merry Christmas from Ferguson

What does one write in a Christmas newsletter after your little town has suffered civil unrest and become the center of international attention? I’m not really sure, but here goes. The first seven months of the year were memorable. In … Continue reading

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The best Christmas present of all time

Two things came up recently which spurred me to write a blog post one year sooner than I originally planned. The first thing is that I created a new website called Break Into Chat, which hosts a wiki about the … Continue reading

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Sprucing up the house (Or is it firring?)

Every year my mom has a lovely Christmas tree at her house. She and dad usually pick one out from a tree farm the day after Thanksgiving. This year, though, they are several states away, and we decided to get … Continue reading

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Kristkindl and cookies

Three years ago we took our first trips to Hermann, Mo in search of Springerle cookie molds and a fun time. On those trips, we missed out on the Kristkindl Markt, not realizing how early in the day it finished. … Continue reading

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Jadzia’s first Christmas program

Tonight Jadzia participated in the Vogt Elementary Christmas program. Here is her account of the night: I liked singing on the risers. My songs were “’twas the night before Christmas,” “Ring those bells,” and “Hear those bells.” I wore my … Continue reading

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Pseudo-gingerbread

At Christmastime last December we had grand plans of building a bigger gingerbread house than we had in 2009. Yoli checked out recipe books, we bought candy, and she even got as far as baking panels for the house. But….

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Who opens the Advent calendar first?

Last night while I was at work, Yoli told the girls that the following day would be Dec. 1, and we would start our Advent calendar. This is our third Christmas using this calendar, and it’s pretty neat. It’s a … Continue reading

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Christmas chuckle

This Christmas was a lot of fun. Perhaps the best part was having my Nan in town all week, and my brother’s family for several days. We went over to my mom’s house daily to hang out. Of all the … Continue reading

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Third time’s the charm

In recent years I have twice written up a stack of Christmas cards with every intention of mailing them. I even got them into the envelopes and somewhat addressed. Then some thing(s) or other cropped up and I procrastinated to … Continue reading

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We sprang for Springerles

We took two unplanned trips to Hermann, Mo. this week in search of Springerle cookie molds. Hermann is a wonderful old city on the banks of the Missouri River founded by German immigrants.

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