Category: Holidays

Nativity Scenes

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara I began collecting nativity scenes before the birth of our first child, Catherine. Beekeeper Brian was selling pens at craft fair booth and traded a pen for a wooden nativity set.  We… Read More

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Christmas Vocabulary – Deck the halls

This Christmas phrase is easy  to understand. When you say, “It’s time to deck the halls,” you mean putting out holiday decorations. But did you realize the phrase can be traced back to a 16th century Welsh drinking… Read More

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Cardinal Sightings

We see cardinals are everywhere during the holiday season—on Christmas cards and holiday wreaths and nestled in decorations. If you’re fortunate enough, you might catch a glimpse of one outside. The female is a soft, warm tan color… Read More

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Christmas Vocabulary – Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

Mistletoe has always been a magical, mysterious, and sacred plant of folklore since the time of the Druids. This Christmas phrase refers to a tradition of kissing under a sprig of mistletoe that probably dates to the ancient winter… Read More

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Christmas Music – the Customs and Traditions

Christian tradition and the liturgical Church calendar recognize the Christmas season from sundown on December 24 (Christmas Eve) through Epiphany of the Lord (January 6). Most of us celebrated the single day, December 25. Songs of the season… Read More

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An Early Gift

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara One of the nice things about living in one place for a long time is maintaining friendships.  My friend Greta and I have known each other since our oldest children were in… Read More

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Where did Halloween come from?

Halloween’s origin dates to The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in Ireland, United Kingdom, and France. Celts believed the boundary between worlds of the living and the dead became blurred the night before their New Year, which is… Read More

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Happy 4th of July – 2017

This is one of my favorite family photos by my very talented photographer daughter. The two boys are her sons, John (with the flag) and Michael (leading the way). You may have seen the photo on a highway… Read More

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Honoring Christmas

Today’s words of wisdom come from the novella Charles Dickens wrote in December 1843. Dickens also published two other Christmas stories, but A Christmas Carol was by far the most popular having never been out of print. It’s… Read More

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Goodbye Christmas 2016 – 8 Tips for Packing Decorations Away

Yesterday we celebrated Christmas. Are you removing the Christmas decorations today? Or, do you wait until Epiphany or Twelfth Night? Either way, the tree must be unadorned. The things we carefully placed to put us in the holiday… Read More

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