Category Archives: Christmas themed

On the Nabokov “Christmas” Story. In July. Again…

I have decided to offer my post based on the Vladimir Nabokov short story “Christmas” (which I have featured, now, three times since 2012 for various reasons) as an annual “Christmas in July” tradition. It epitomizes to me the ever-present … Continue reading

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The Two Best Christmas Gifts Ever for the Skeptic Who Has (Almost) Everything

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila THE BEST GIFT The Online Etymology Dictionary reveals that the compound word, “Christmas” (Christ + mass, combined and shortened), introduced in the mid-fourteenth century, refers to the “sending, letting go” of Christ–kind of like somebody or even Somebody … Continue reading

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Two Touching Christmas Stories Re-Gifted: 1958, 2015

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Well, you know how it is: nostalgia decks the mind and the heart at Christmastime. We are as likely to be enchanted again with certain gifts of yore as with all that shines new before us. One … Continue reading

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The Christmas Soldier

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila My teen-aged niece and I were standing in line at the checkout in J.C. Penny’s yesterday when we noticed the young soldier striding toward a nearby exit. He looked like any raw-boned, young GI, clad in desert … Continue reading

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On Mrs. Brown, Rhubarb Pie, and (Christmas) Gifts

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila ON MRS. BROWN Mrs. Brown was, I’d guess, in her seventies or eighties back then, during the five years my family lived across the street and down the block from her in the south end of Escanaba, … Continue reading

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From Russia with Hope–a Nabokov Christmas Gift (redux)

I have noticed of late more than the usual amount of “views” to my blog from Russia. God bless viewers from that corner of the world. Should you (or any other viewer) be in particular need this Christmas season of … Continue reading

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On Good Cops, Gifts, and Big Hearts

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila My sister and I and my teen-aged niece had the joy of helping out at a local, annual, “Shop with a Cop” event.

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