Category Archives: Christmas themed

Best of Holiday Posts: "Mrs. Brown, Rhubarb Pie, and Christmas Gifts…"

This might be my all time favorite Christmas post, thus its most-repeated appearance. It embodies a bit of family nostalgia by way of an engaging and humorous anecdote from the life of one of my younger brothers, Doug, aged 5 … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas (2.0)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I am still thinking about my recent poem “Yet He Said Yes” wherein, for one thing, I wanted to express how Jesus Christ, through Whom all things were made, even crafted for Himself a body in which … Continue reading

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"The Christmas Soldier"–and Help our Military Heroes

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila This post originally appeared in 2015 and was re-posted last year.  I was hoping maybe by this year there would be no more stories like this, stories of young men and women coming and going from wars … Continue reading

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Best of Holiday Posts: "The Two Best Christmas Gifts Ever for the Skeptic Who Has (Almost) Everything" (2016)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila THE BEST GIFT The Online Etymology Dictionary reveals that the compound word, “Christmas” (Christ + mass, combined and shortened), introduced in the mid-fourteenth century, refers to the “sending, letting go” of Christ (kind of like somebody or even … Continue reading

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“Yet He Said Yes”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us… (Ephesians 1:4)  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or … Continue reading

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Advent (“Yet Out the Shrouds of Winter…”)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Advent “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land… Yet out the shrouds of winter a candle flicks and calls to passers-by bereft, whose hearts long iced … Continue reading

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Christmas-Themed, Redux # 5–“Mrs. Brown, Rhubarb Pie, and Christmas Gifts…”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila From December, 2017 and prior This might be my all time favorite Christmas post, thus its repeated appearance. It embodies a bit of family nostalgia by way of an engaging and humorous anecdote from the life of … Continue reading

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Christmas-Themed, Redux # 4–“Good Cops, Gifts, and Big Hearts”

  Phyllis Beveridge Nissila from December 15, 2014 My sister and I and my teen-aged niece had the joy of helping out at a local, annual, “Shop with a Cop” event. About a dozen or so police men and women … Continue reading

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Christmas-Themed, Redux # 3–“A Mid-Winter’s Tale from Alaska…”

From Dec. 8th 2012 Note: my sister, who worked for several years as a sexton in an Episcopal church in Fairbanks, Alaska, recalls her ”up close and personal”  with one of the state’s  (large) famed animals.  It was an event that … Continue reading

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Christmas-Themed, Redux # 2–“Every Hallmark Christmas Movie…” Last Year’s Post and This Year’s Message

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila In my Christmas-themed redux series, my next favorite post is from last year. With inspiration and help from my brother Andy, who started us off on this fun topic (predictable, stock Hallmark Christmas movie plots and variations … Continue reading

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