The Lesson and Life for December 25

by Wendy Wagoner Recently I took part in a Maasai Sherehe (party) for the arrival of children within the family. In typical Tanzanian form it was running late. I was spending time with the baby in the boma while preparations were being made. Giving the Gift Guests were greeted through an elaborate process. As the […]


Christmas in Appalachia

by Karen Aldridge As I drove along the highway leading into the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Kentucky, the rain began to dissipate. It had poured since I started my journey and an ice storm was expected. I thanked God for keeping me a few miles ahead of it. I was on my way to deliver […]


Overcoming the Holiday Blues

by Kayleen Reusser My dad died August 25, 2005, the result of an unsuccessful surgery to repair an enlarged aortic aneurysm. Without the surgery the aneurysm could have burst, killing him at any time. The months following his death were a blur. I worked in a college library and had to immediately return to work […]

Our Christmas star

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen I’ve shared every Christmas of my life with the old star that sits atop our family’s Christmas tree. I inherited the ornament years ago when my parents decided to downsize for the holidays. Manufactured by the NOMA Electric Corporation in the 1940s (makers of the once popular Christmas tree […]