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“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” probably isn’t in your Top Ten Christmas carols. As a piano teacher, I can attest to the fact that hardly a single child today has ever heard of it. If you’re among the few who has, you may know it with either this melody (here, sung by Burl […]

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Do you clap in church? Perhaps I should clarify a little. Do you clap along to the music played in church? If you attend a charismatic church, you’d probably say, “Sure!” If you’re Episcopalian, more likely you’d answer, “Of course not.” But there’s a vast in-between out there. Growing up, I went to a mostly […]

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Last year, I needed a Christmas gift idea for my piano students.  I wanted to make each of them a Christmas tree ornament, and since there are several of them, I didn’t want to spend a lot. Here’s how I ended up making inexpensive musical ornaments: First, I cut old pieces of Christmas music into […]

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Somehow, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas until you’ve watched “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on TV. At least, that’s true for me. There’s just something about the cute little characters and the message that underdogs can prevail. I’m sure you know all the lyrics to “Holly Jolly Christmas,” and you can say Hermey’s lines along […]

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I have been a fan of children’s author/illustrator Jan Brett for years. She draws adorable, enchanting animals, and it was her depictions of hedgehogs that led to our getting hedgehogs of our own as pets. Years ago, she visited Fort Wayne, and I brought the girls to hear her. When I learned that she was […]

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Sure, all the current attention is focused on Prince William & Kate Middleton. But amid all the hoopla over Kate, the royal bride of the 21st century, let’s not forget the royal bride of the 20th – Princess Diana.   The wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was a huge media event, with over […]

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Thanks to Hallmark for an ornament to review, and for providing the giveaway ornament. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own. Christmas — I just love it! As a child, I remember sitting in the back seat of the car, marveling at the lights on houses as we drove around town, just […]

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Even before his or her birth, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second royal baby is world famous. What will Baby Cambridge’s parents name the tot? While naming is a private decision, it’s a safe bet that “North,” “Apple,” or “Suri” won’t be making the cut. British royal family members are  a traditional lot — their […]

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Thanks to Chronicle Books for a review copy of this book. No financial compensation was received. All opinions my own. Our gift guide continues today with Chronicle Books — one of my favorite places to shop for books and gift items that are out of the ordinary. I particularly love the Terrarium Notecards, and anything […]

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Thanks to Family Christian, who provided the gift card for the giveaway and one for me as well. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own. Today, I’m featuring Family Christian Stores in my Christmas Gift Guide. I love Family Christian, and am pleased to promote a store that helps further Christian […]

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