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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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Peppa Pig Bubbles

I know, I know – I’ve talked about Peppa Pig before. And I know, my own girls have passed the stage where they’re captivated by adorable animated animals speaking with British accents. But I haven’t! So, today I’d like to introduce you to another Peppa Pig DVD called Bubbles. It features 14 “peppasodes” for a […]

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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 love my town. It’s small enough not to be overwhelming, yet big enough to have lots of wonderful events. Like this one — the Embassy Festival of Trees. It’s held at the downtown historic Embassy Theater. Various businesses decorate trees, which fill the lobby at Christmas time. How beautiful it is! I enjoyed wandering […]

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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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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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Welcome to Menu Plan Monday! Such a nice week here; I hope yours was as well. The weekend brought state marching band finals, and my oldest daughter’s band finished 3rd in Class A. Their show, Dance of the Wind Spirits, is lovely if I do say so myself. If you’ve got 10 minutes to spare, […]

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I received a copy of the DVD to review; no other compensation was received. All opinions my own. With Christmas getting closer each day, it’s time to think about gifts for the kids — or maybe even about family entertainment to enjoy during the season. I can recommend Peppa’s Christmas. I don’t think Peppa was […]

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