by April Fields A recurring theme in Christmas stories is summed up in Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s tale The Grinch Who Stole Christmas: no matter what you do or not, what you have or don’t, Christmas happens anyway. Christmas, as we now celebrate it, primarily as a vehicle for economic stimulation, used to be much […]

by Judy Allen Dan and I do not remember our first Christmas together. Still newlyweds, we were loving life and loving each other, working at challenging jobs, and our families were both out of the area. I was surprised to find the Christmas cards we wrote to each other that year in a bag of […]

Contrary to the song lyrics, it’s not the most wonderful time of the year for many of us. The jingle bell merriness of the season is like an out-of-tune gong for those grieving the deaths of family members or friends, struggling in the wake of a divorce, suffering the effects of broken relationships, experiencing financial […]

by Amy Langford When I first read about the invite to submit an article for Perennial Gen’s December theme of holidays and family traditions, my mind whirled with ideas on what I might submit. I knew I had my favorite traditions, but I wondered what my family thought. What did they look forward to each […]

1970’s pop star David Cassidy (far right in the picture above) died on November 21st at the age of 67. He’d experienced great fame at a young age as a pop star. He continued to perform throughout his adulthood while navigating the challenges of drug addiction. Earlier this year, he announced he had been battling […]

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By Amanda Cleary Eastep “You have that look.” My eighteen-year-old daughter says this as we hold each other in an embrace that sighs, “Don’t leave home,” and responds, “I have to go.” Over the past weeks, she has taken to glancing sideways at me when we hug to make sure I’m not crying. I am on […]

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By Amanda Cleary Eastep As I looked around our family table at Thanksgiving, I imagined Jesus sitting there. He’d probably be at the head of the table. . .and after dessert, he’d sit in Dad’s chair, because my father would so give up the microfiber recliner for his Savior. We would have offered Jesus one […]

by Beth J. Drechsel Yesterday, trekking poles in hand, we hiked through mountain aspens, amber leaves fluttering to the ground. Today, snow flurries drift on an icy wind, flakes landing briefly, then melting, on our wrinkled faces. This is our season. Our spring and summer is long gone. Autumn will soon be over. The oldest […]

When my adult son offered to host Thanksgiving last month, it felt as though a baton was being passed instead of platters of turkey and cranberry relish. For three decades, I’ve been the one to cook Thanksgiving dinner. Now, it was time to hand off the honor to the next generation… at least this year. […]

By Amanda Cleary Eastep I never set out to be friends with my daughters. I was happy and grateful enough to be their mother. God forbid I would be the mom looking like I was trying to look like my daughters… (Ridiculous, right?) I was never interested in being BFFs with their BFFs or putting […]