Category Archives: Christmas themed

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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Christmas-Themed: A Series of My Favorite Posts–Redux #1, “The Christmas Soldier”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila  “The Christmas Soldier” (from December 23, 2015) My teen-aged niece and I were standing in line at the checkout in J.C. Penny’s yesterday when we noticed the young soldier striding toward a nearby exit. He looked like … Continue reading

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The Annual Nabokov Christmas (in July) Gift, from Me to You

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila From last year to this: I have decided to offer my post based on the Vladimir Nabokov short story “Christmas” (which I have featured, now, [four] times since 2012 for various reasons) as an annual “Christmas in July” … Continue reading

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On Mrs. Brown, Rhubarb Pie, and (Christmas) Gifts-Revisited

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Mrs. Brown Mrs. Brown, one of the richest people in town, lived across the street from my family in Escanaba, Michigan, in the 1950s.

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God’s “Progressive Gift” to Us at Christmas–and All–Time

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila God’s “progressive gift”? It all starts here: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). My sister Barbara, whose handiwork and art is often featured in my headers (including the current … Continue reading

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It’s Never Too Early To Enjoy Some Christmas Mirth: Every Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie Ever

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila and Andy Beveridge My brother Andy and I are, we confess, already watching Hallmark Christmas movies–even though the neighborhood kids are still coming down from their Halloween sugar highs and Thanksgiving turkeys are still in the freezer … Continue reading

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On the Nabokov “Christmas” Story. In July. Again…

I have decided to offer my post based on the Vladimir Nabokov short story “Christmas” (which I have featured, now, three times since 2012 for various reasons) as an annual “Christmas in July” tradition. It epitomizes to me the ever-present … Continue reading

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The Two Best Christmas Gifts Ever for the Skeptic Who Has (Almost) Everything

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 Somebody … Continue reading

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