As you read this letter, Jani and I will have pulled out boxes of Christmas decorations from their attic home, launching a multi-day process of “decking the halls” for Advent. We love this annual ritual even though it takes energy, creativity, patience, and more than a few cups of rich, foamy eggnog!
I especially look forward to unpacking our two nativity scenes. One is a delicate wooden crèche, with tiny figures shaped on a lathe, which we acquired when traveling through “Luther Country” in Germany. The other is from France, and contains a dozen figurines called “santons.” Read the rest of this entry »