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December 26, 2011

Christmas cards crossed my mind before Thanksgiving. But I didn’t give them much thought. No camera meant no recent pictures. Easy –no cards this year.

Then I realized that most people don’t know we’ve moved and by next Christmas, the post office’s forwarding service will have expired. So I HAD to send Christmas cards.

As if to confirm that thought, God dropped two things in my lap. First, boxes of photo-insert cards turned up during the move, purchased on clearance after Christmas years ago. Second, my husband gave me an early Christmas present: a new camera.

With some help from girls who love to stuff, sticker, and stamp, Voila!  Christmas cards. Now that the IRL cards are landing in mail boxes, I can share our Christmas photo:

We spent the long Christmas weekend quietly at home –exactly what we needed. We read books, played games, watched the 1955 version of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors  (YouTube clip of Rosmary Kuhlmann singing “All That Gold”) and tried hard not to sing everything in opera thereafter –topped off by another family tradition.

The girls call this “a  Korean feast” –meaning their favorite Korean foods. (A real Korean feast would have a dozen more side dishes :).

In the absence of snow for sledding, the girls have gone ice skating every day. We took this photo on Christmas Eve Day when it was 28 degrees Fahrenheit.

And this afternoon,when the outdoor thermometer read 52 degrees Fahrenheit, we took a walk together. Who would have imagined this for December 26 in Minnesota?

P.S. For those of you who know the original version of Amahl…. isn’t King Kaspar, well, a little Aspie about his special box? He’s the king who travels with a PCA, I mean a valet….

Lightheartedness aside, don’t miss the power of this little operetta if you have disabilities in the family. At the end, when Amahl  is healed, Hope said, “Wow. That’s like if Jesus healed Joy. She’d just get up and walk.” There was a day a long time ago when the Truth made television.

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  1. December 28, 2011 8:28 am

    That looks like a wonderful way to spend the holiday — and I love the Korean feast! Is that a beef dish you served? Looks delicious!

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