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Ho, Ho … WHOA!

By now, I should be used to the wacky and the tacky at Christmastime, from beer-can trees to Kris Kringle toilet seat covers. But nothing in a lifetime of holidays prepared me for The Ugly Sweater. The best thing I … Continue reading

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The Uninvited Guest

I looked out the window one morning to see Longmont transformed. White covered the grass, the sidewalk, the driveway – enough to make a Hallmark card, not enough to make a blizzard. It was the sort of landscape that inspired … Continue reading

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Holding On

Pets have a way of making the holidays unforgettable. There was our long-ago cat Twinkle, for example, who discovered the joys of Christmas-tree tinsel. She not only lived, she shared the results in glorious Technicolor behind the television for all … Continue reading

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It Came Upon the Small Screen Clear

It’s the simple things that mark the arrival of the holidays at Chez Rochat. Things like discovering which of our pre-lit tree’s lights have pre-burned out, so that we can have the stimulating mental exercise of finding and untangling our … Continue reading

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Lighting Hope

I’d gotten halfway across town when Santa Claus mugged me. OK, not literally. There’s no need to call the fine folks of the Longmont Police Department and report a jolly old man with a fur hat and a blackjack, making … Continue reading

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Love in a Cold Time

The first serious snowfall of winter always energizes me. Maybe part of me never stopped being nine years old. That’s how old I was when the Christmas Blizzard of 1982 hit, transforming the world around me with sudden rapidity. A … Continue reading

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Joy of the Moment

Missy stabs with her finger as the Christmas lights come into view. “Look … Lookit!” She cranks the volume as high as she can when the Hallelujah Chorus comes on. “Yeah!” She carts her hand-sized Christmas Bear with her everywhere, … Continue reading

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Hands of Hope

There’s an exhaustion that threatens to border on despair. I think a lot of us are there now. I know I am. I’m tired of this. What else can you be when you see the same situations play themselves out … Continue reading

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Picking Up The Peaces

It’s time to enter the deep end. You know what I mean. The Christmas season. The most full-immersion experience this country offers,  unless you count the marketing for the new Star Wars movie. The wrapping paper and decorations hit the … Continue reading

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Bringing the Year to Book

With the exception of the Muppet version, my Mom has never really liked “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” It makes sense. Musically, it’s the holiday equivalent of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” Logistically, it strikes a little too … Continue reading

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