The First/Last Christmas Tree

It was December and I was wearing shorts and sunscreen. There’s something wrong with this picture, I thought. My family and I had just traded hemispheres, and this was our first Christmas Down Under. Only a couple weeks before, my parents, older brother, and I had stepped off the plane from the States onto New … Continue reading The First/Last Christmas Tree

The Martian Nativity

No one knew when it had started. Or why. But everyone suspected who…and that’s why no one attempted to change it. We called it “The Martian Nativity.” In my church—which I dearly loved—we kept a closet of Christmas decorations. Only the Lord and possibly a retired custodian knew how long some of those items had … Continue reading The Martian Nativity

A Thank You (and a Top Three!)

Merry Christmas, readers! Okay, I can't believe 2015 is so advanced that I'm even saying those words, but what a year it's been. I know sometime between Christmas and New Years, I along with everyone else will look over my shoulder at this wild, crazy, wonderful year. I think I'll shake my head---in both amazement … Continue reading A Thank You (and a Top Three!)