The Gate of the Year

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Each New Year’s Eve, we post this excerpt from the lovely poem, The Gate of the Year, written a little more than 100 years ago by Minnie Louise Haskins. Can’t think of a more appropriate sentiment as we prepare to step into 2013 (or any new year, for that matter). Happy New Year!

Stepping into the New Year

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The last chapter of 2012 is nearly complete. It always seems a little bittersweet as we move beyond the holiday season…I so enjoy the beautiful scenes (like the one above) that are such a wonderful part of Christmas, and hate to see them go. Of course, the best part about Christmas – the reason for … Continued

Shhhh….Don’t Tell the Cat

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Our sweet little kitty loves the Christmas tree, sleeping under it every night. It’s about time for decorations – including the tree – to come down, though. I don’t think she’ll greet this development with enthusiasm. (Actually, I would have already completed this task, but for the cat.) Particularly due to her age (she’ll be … Continued

Christmas May Be Past…But The Christmas Project Continues

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If you’re a regular reader, you know that The Christmas Project, a self-assigned photographic endeavor, is now into its third year. I didn’t make it to New York City this month. Newport, RI was never going to happen due to time limitations, though ever the optimist, I’d thought I could make it work. Florida didn’t … Continued

His One and Only Son…

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This verse was in a Christmas card I opened yesterday…perfect choice: This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9 As Linus might say…”That’s what Christmas is all about!”  

O Little Town of Bethlehem

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Everybody knows O Little Town of Bethlehem, of course. At least – everybody knows verse 1. Past that, you might need to reach for a hymnal or songbook. I enjoy reading the lesser known lyrics to some of our favorite carols…the verses you can’t rattle off the top of your head. There are some real … Continued

Gloria in excelsis Deo!

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Angels we have heard on high… Here we are in the last full week prior to Christmas. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do when it comes to listening to my collection of Christmas music. On the way to and from Boston yesterday for a photo shoot, I took two of my CDs … Continued

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

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This is one of my favorite Christmas carols. And though most of us know verse one, it’s the third that I find especially moving: All you, beneath your heavy load, By care and guilt bent low, Who toil along a dreary way With painful steps and slow: Look up, for golden is the hour, Come … Continued

Order Today to Ensure Delivery Before Christmas!

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Today is the cutoff! Be sure to place your order by midnight tonight so we can create your gift and get it shipped so it arrives in time for Christmas. We will be working through the weekend to complete personalized orders that come in through the end of the day today to make sure everything … Continued

Wexford Carol

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The Wexford Carol may not be on the top of your playlist, but I’ll bet you’d recognize it upon hearing the tune. The opening lyric is especially lovely – setting the stage for the rest of the story. There are a few variations of this traditional Irish song (originating from County Wexford…hence the name), but … Continued

Christmas Waves a Magic Wand…

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“Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale That’s so true! There’s nothing like Christmas lights. I can’t get enough of the wonderful scenes that are created as a result of beautiful lights…whether they’re extravagant big city displays or quaint small town offerings. I … Continued