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The Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant

Where are they now?  Every year around this time, I wonder. Speaking of wonder... Nearly thirty years ago, I was involved with a small, urban Minneapolis Lutheran church. We were an aging congregation with only about fifteen kids (including toddlers)  in our Sunday school on a regular basis; this included three kids from one family … Continue reading The Christmas Pageant

Santa Fidelis

Santa Fidelis

"'Twas a Wednesday before Christmas, and all through the mall tho no children were present, this day topped them all..." Some twenty-five years ago, I decided to pick up a few extra holiday dollars by taking a part-time job as a shopping mall Santa in suburban Minneapolis. As I was neither the natural size, age … Continue reading Santa Fidelis

The Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant

Where are they now?  Every year around this time...I do wonder. Speaking of wonder... Nearly thirty years ago, I was involved with a small, urban Minneapolis Lutheran church. We were an aging congregation with only about fifteen kids (including toddlers)  in our Sunday school on a regular basis; this included three kids from one family … Continue reading The Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant

Where are they now?  Every year around this time...I do wonder. Speaking of wonder... Some twenty-five years ago, I was involved with a small, urban Minneapolis Lutheran church. We were an aging congregation with only about fifteen kids (including toddlers)  in our Sunday school on a regular basis; this included three kids from one family … Continue reading The Christmas Pageant

Santa Fidelis

"'Twas a Wednesday before Christmas, and all through the mall tho no children were present, this day topped them all..." Some twenty years ago, I decided to pick up a few extra holiday dollars by taking a part-time job as a shopping mall Santa in suburban Minneapolis. As I was neither the natural size, age … Continue reading Santa Fidelis

Driving Chistmas beat

December means swapping out the CDs in my car’s changer; Nat King Cole and Vince Guaraldi move in and represent the month of as only the two greatest Christmas albums ever recorded can. Unlike their vinyl and cassette tape predecessors, these electronic incarnations are durable, and stand up much better to continual and repetitive playings … Continue reading Driving Chistmas beat

No Way in These Mangers

It’s Christmas Eve, and I am preplexed. We arrived yesterday in our ancestral home state of Minnesota after a twenty-four hour drive from our current home in New Orleans to see our new grandson; an appropriate meatphor for the season. Forgoing the Christmas music on CD that had been sountracking the journey, the last hour or … Continue reading No Way in These Mangers