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Articles for December 2015 

Dec 28, 2015

Winter Wonderland

Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Librarian

"Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland."

That perennial favorite was written in 1934, and in the photo, Jimmy and I are attired in 1930s garb for a fashion show at the Museum of History and Industry. Sitting in that sleigh was as close as I've gotten to a sleigh…  MORE >>

Topics: General

Dec 21, 2015

Awaiting the Arrival

Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Librarian

I have been awaiting the arrival.  And now, on December 18, I have a grandson.

I started to think about Mary, the mother of Jesus. I don't think about her very much. She hasn't played a big part in the churches I've gone to, unlike the Catholic school I worked at with the Hail Marys and the May Crowning. But whether she traveled afar on a donkey or not, whether she gave birth in…  MORE >>

Topics: Faith

Dec 14, 2015

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Librarian

Last week, I shared with you the shocking assertion that Santa Claus (and other parts of the Christmas story) might not be true. Some of us may remember school friends telling us that it was our parents, not Santa, who brought us presents on Christmas Eve, and for some, that was a traumatic event. I have no such memory. I guess that as long as the presents kept coming, I was happy.

I…  MORE >>


Dec 7, 2015

Another Way to Look at Christmas

Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Librarian

We all know the Christmas story - or think we do. There are angels and shepherds and wise men (3) and a star. There is Mary and Joseph and a donkey and no room at the inn. A stable, animals, baby Jesus. Christmas pageants bundle all these things together, but go back to the Bible. Matthew's story and Luke's story are quite different. Even incompatible. 

I am sharing with you a…  MORE >>

Topics: Faith
Articles for December 2015