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Silent Night, Holy Night 
Dec. 24, 2012 7:18 pm 
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012 1:03 pm
Silent? Not so much if you have teenagers in the house. But it is, indeed, a holy night. It is a holy night because this is the night we commemorate as the eve of the birth of Jesus. And so we set it apart for sacred use. God came into the world and became approachable. They held him and knew him in an intimate way. We can also know him intimately and trust him to do everything he said he would. He will forgive us, encourage us, strengthen us, lead us and love us. It is also a holy night, set apart for sacred use because we gather as families, and friends, brothers and sisters to celebrate and love one another. It is a reflection of the relationship our God enjoys as the Triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I hope this finds all of you in the presence of those you love here on earth, remembering those who have passed before, and in awe of a God who would give himself for you.

For my part, the Grinch has fled for the moment. The candlelight service was great. I got to listen to my wife play the bassoon with the band, my girls were with me as were my sister-in-flaw and mother-in-law. And it was so good to see so many people that I love and care for in church today. I knew I belong there the first day I walked in the door, and it causes me no small pain to think I will soon be leaving. But God is good and has a plan for me and my family.

My youngest daughter made Peppermint Fudge Crinkle Cookies, and we followed that up with Ginger Snaps and Sugar Cookies. Tomorrow we finish with the Sandbakkels. I'm using almond extract for the first time in the Sandbakkels. My grandmother always preferred vanilla extract, but this year I wanted traditional Norwegian cookies.

Merry Christmas to all of my friends on AR! I hope God blesses you all richly. I know I have been blessed far beyond what I deserve, and loved far better than I have loved.
Decorating Christmas Cookies
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Dec. 24, 2012 8:19 pm
Doc,it sounds like your feelng better,I still miss my mom,and my baby sister,but iam grateful for the family i have left.Most out in Alberta,and Vancouver,i have my husband and youngest daughter here,so iam blessed.
Dec. 25, 2012 4:30 am
Doc - so glad to have read this as it sounds like the grinch has left you for the time being! I love the candlelight service - there is nothing more beautiful than all of those candles burning and the beautiful singing of Silent Night! This Christmas is a little different for me this year as my 23 year old son moved 1,400 miles away last February and did not make it home for Christmas. But he spent Christmas with my sister and brother-in-law and his new girlfriend and all of us back here in Ohio got to talk with him and I know he is happy. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Dec. 25, 2012 8:47 am
Merry Christmas Doc! Your words are so true and encouraging. Even with all the "stuff" this world can throw at us - - we have the greatest gift softly laid before us - it is ours for the taking if we so chose. I count myself blessed to have received this precious gift 30 years ago - - - so Merry Christmas Doc and Happy Birthday Jesus!
Dec. 25, 2012 9:26 am
I am feeling great now folks! Thanks so much for the encouragement earlier. It got me through the blue funks. It's good to step back and realize how great it all is despite how bad it seems. We're not in control, but he is. Thank God for that! Merry Christmas again!
Dec. 25, 2012 9:35 am
Wonderfully said, DOC. I see your faith has kept you going. We all suffer in some way, some more than others, but let us all rejoice in our suffering for in that way we become closer to GOD. Thank You for your nice sentiments, DOC.
Dec. 25, 2012 1:03 pm
Merry Christmas, Doc! I'm happy to see you are feeling better. Midnight Mass is, IMHO the most beautiful service of the year. Kids also have a way of making the grinch disappear.
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I'm old and smelly, kinda like a really good salami with that really nice white mould all over it.
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Meat, carbs, meat, carbs, meat, carbs and did I mention meat?
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Drop a plate of Pierogis and sausages in front of me and watch my eyes glaze over in pure joy.
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Schweinebraten mit Knoedel und Krautsalat. Also Edel Hirsch Gulasch was very nice. I make killer Spaetzle and Knockerl also.
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