The Gate of the Year

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Here at The Christian Gift it’s a New Year’s tradition to post the first few lines of  The Gate of the Year, a beautiful poem written by  Minnie Louise Haskins in 1908: I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into … Continued

Keeping Christmas All Year

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And so the 2011 chapter of photographing as many Christmas scenes as possible comes to a close (I first embarked on this project during the 2010 holiday season). My final shoot was last Thursday evening at the Boston Common. This is the city of Boston’s official tree with the State House in the background. My journey … Continued

Christmas in Portsmouth, NH

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Downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire is fortunate to have a beautiful landmark right at its center: the North Church. Its steeple can be seen from just about anywhere in town, and as you approach from Maine on Route 95 and cross the Piscataqua River Bridge entering New Hampshire, you can’t miss it as it soars above … Continued

Merry Christmas to the House of Representatives

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It never ends…the latest ridiculous news to come out of Washington, D.C. involves the House, where freshmen members were reminded this year that it’s an ethics violation to wish constituents “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year” via any form of written communication. Presumably, this extends to “Happy Thanksgiving” and “Happy Hanukkah” as well. An ethics … Continued

Thoughts on Christmas

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This little verse, unattributed, is a great sentiment about Christmas, don’t you think? So remember while December Brings the only Christmas Day, In the year let there be Christmas In the things you do and say; Wouldn’t life be worth the living Wouldn’t dreams be coming true If we kept the Christmas spirit All the … Continued

Christmas in Kennebunkport

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I drove up to Kennebunkport, Maine Saturday to photograph the tree in the center of town. (There’s also a cute tree constructed of lobster traps located 2 miles further up the coast in Porpoise Cove). The Dock Square tree (below) is adorned with brightly painted buoys as ornaments, and a lobster holds the star at the … Continued

That’s What Christmas is All About, Charlie Brown

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I pulled out my DVD of A Charlie Brown Christmas last night; while I may not make it through my entire ‘holiday viewing’ list, this one is always the first up and never goes unviewed during the Christmas season. I’ve watched it every year since its inaugural run on television back when I was a … Continued

Strings of Street Lights…

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This view of just some of the thousands of lights that illuminate the streets of Chicago this time of year conjured up a few lines from that classic holiday tune, Silver Bells: Strings of street lights Even stop lights Blink a bright red and green… It’s Christmas time in the city.  

Christmas Under Attack

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The all-to-familiar attacks on Christmas are  popping up again this year from sea to shining sea. The latest report comes from a United States post office in Silver Spring, Maryland where carolers were told by a postal manager on Saturday that they were not allowed to sing on government property. Todd Starnes reported the story, … Continued

Home for the Holidays

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Nothing gets me in the Christmas spirit more than a little booster shot of home sweet home. In Chicago for a quick visit, I was able to take in the decorations and go on a “walking tour” of favorite haunts. Oh there’s no place like home For the holidays, ‘cause no matter How far away … Continued