Home for the Holidays

Tammy and I, along with our two boys, spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Tammy’s family. On Boxing Day, we traveled to my parents’ home to spend the rest of our Christmas vacation with my family. Yet, the homes to which we traveled were vastly different—At Tammy’s parents, we stayed at the house in […]

He’s Coming to Town

As a kid, my anticipation was great. The family would gather at my grandparents’ home on Christmas Eve, and as we were driving home, there was only one thought on my mind: Santa Claus was coming to my house! I’d wonder which of the red blinking lights on antennas was really Rudolph. Time, I felt, […]

Why Was Jesus Born of a Virgin?

Before the ACLU was around to sue the school board, a small boy was bitterly disappointed at not being cast as Joseph in the school Nativity play. He was given the minor role of the innkeeper instead. Throughout the weeks of rehearsal, he brooded on how he could avenge himself on his successful rival. Then, […]

O Christmas Lights!

As a little kid, I knew it was Christmas when Mom and Dad put our little tree up. Putting the tree up was usually accompanied by hot chocolate and laughter and fun. I always loved the day the tree went up. As I grew older, we stopped putting up the plastic tree and moved to […]

Inexpensive Gift Ideas

As a kid, I couldn’t wait for Christmas. We’d gather at my grandparents’ home on Christmas Eve and there would be gifts and gifts and gifts. Whatever I wanted that Nannie and Papaw could afford, I got—train sets, aquariums, telescopes, plastic models of planes and the Space Shuttle, and anything else I would want. And, […]