December 21, 2010

Tradition! Tradition!

With Christmas fast approaching, and our married children (and grandchildren) coming “home for the holidays,” I am reminded of the many family traditions we have established over the years. Some we joke about, and others we all fiercely protect! There are special meals and recipes we use only during this time of year. There are …

November 29, 2010

Christmas: A High Impact Influence

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

Gloria in excelsis Deo!

“And the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.” (Ezekiel 36:23)

As children of God, our greatest goal should be that our …

November 23, 2010

He Shall Reign Forever and Ever!!!!

Still recovering from this one! What an external picture of the internal influence Christians can have in this world! Watch it and weep!

December 17, 2009

Reflections on A Christmas Carol…


We watched “A Christmas Carol” (Patrick Stewart version) with some of the older children last night. One of the most moving parts to me is the scene where the “Spirit of Christmas Present” takes Scrooge on a whirlwind visit to see all the people simultaneously singing “Silent Night” in various parts of the world…in …

December 7, 2009

Bah Humbug!

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?


Gloria in excelsis Deo!

“And the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.” (Ezekiel 36:23)

As children of God, our greatest goal should be that our …

November 30, 2009

‘Twas the Month before Christmas

McDonald Maidens Christmas Photo 1999
Jessica, Christa, Tiffany, Melissa

Family Advent Ideas!

Written by Tina and Katie Franklin

Throughout the twenty-one years that the Franklins have been a family, there have been many and various Christmas traditions both kept and discarded. At first, they were of the ‘Twas the Night before Christmas variety, …

November 29, 2007

The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Catechism (and craft) for Children

For us, the traditional song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” tends to stir fond memories of a warm cozy fire, steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows, twinkling lights, pumpkin bread and the family gathered together on the living room floor. Even the youngest children quickly memorize all “twelve gifts” the True Love brought to his Beloved.

Legend has it that persecuted Christians, wishing to secretly catechize their …

November 29, 2007

The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Catechism (and craft) for Children

For us, the traditional song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” tends to stir fond memories of a warm cozy fire, steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows, twinkling lights, pumpkin bread and the family gathered together on the living room floor. Even the youngest children quickly memorize all “twelve gifts” the True Love brought to his Beloved.

Legend has it that persecuted Christians, wishing to secretly catechize their …

November 29, 2007

The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Catechism (and craft) for Children

For us, the traditional song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” tends to stir fond memories of a warm cozy fire, steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows, twinkling lights, pumpkin bread and the family gathered together on the living room floor. Even the youngest children quickly memorize all “twelve gifts” the True Love brought to his Beloved.

Legend has it that persecuted Christians, wishing to secretly catechize their …