Category Archives: Christmas themed

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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Two Touching Christmas Stories Re-Gifted: 1958, 2015

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Well, you know how it is: nostalgia decks the mind and the heart at Christmastime. We are as likely to be enchanted again with certain gifts of yore as with all that shines new before us. One … Continue reading

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The Christmas Soldier

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila 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 any raw-boned, young GI, clad in desert … Continue reading

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From Russia with Hope–a Nabokov Christmas Gift (redux)

I have noticed of late more than the usual amount of “views” to my blog from Russia. God bless viewers from that corner of the world. Should you (or any other viewer) be in particular need this Christmas season of … Continue reading

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On Good Cops, Gifts, and Big Hearts

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila My sister and I and my teen-aged niece had the joy of helping out at a local, annual, “Shop with a Cop” event.

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From Russia with Hope: “Christmas”…Re-Gifted

Phyllis Nissila Below, is an updated re-post of my July 19, 2012 commentary originally entitled “From Russia with Hope: Christmas in July” featuring a timeless story of hope birthed (even) in tragedy, a theme exquisitely packaged, I think, in the … Continue reading

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Christmas 1953 (snap, crackle, sssssssssss)

Phyllis Nissila My brothers and sisters and I were sharing (now funny) Christmas stories from our childhood. There were a few memories around that old lead-based tinsel we used to throw on the tree and sometimes munch on when Mom … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas! A Gift of Encouragement for You

Phyllis Nissila In these days of uncertainty I often hear the famous “Psalm for hard times,” number 91, referenced, taught, and used as a reminder to God’s people of His provision in all circumstances. The series of devotionals I just … Continue reading

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A Mid-Winter’s Tale from Alaska (Where Men are Men and Road Kill is for Dinner)

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 gave her a … Continue reading

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The Gift

Phyllis Nissila Today will no doubt be a day the little boy will remember the rest of his life. Christmas is close. He is in the mall early this morning with Mom and baby sister and there, rounding the corner, … Continue reading

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