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istill remember participating in Christmas programs on Christmas Eve as a child, and watching for Santa out the kitchen window. When I had children of my own, Christmas was all about watching them in their church programs, going to see Santa, baking cookies together, decorating the Christmas tree and posing for the dreaded photo Christmas card. Don’t get me started about all the advent calendars around the house and whose turn it was to open each one for 24 days.


Times are a-changing with the kids: I have to get pictures of the girls during the summer for the Christmas card because of college. Now we do the “adult” Christmas Eve church service, and afterwards head out for a Chinese dinner.


If we’re lucky, the girls will still play spoons and a couple of other games with us since it’s a holiday. As they keep growing up and away, I think about how fast things keep changing. I wonder which traditions they will carry on and use with their own families someday, and which ones will only stay in my heart as “back then” memories. Whatever it may be, I hope you get to share some traditions with someone you love this Christmas.


There are lots of great stories inside Women this month! A few are holiday foods, decorating your home, how to get through this season while you are living with a loss, and how the Salvation Army tradition of ringing the bells got started.


I hope you get to Live, Laugh, and Love wherever this holiday takes you!


Bundle up and enjoy this issue of Women!


Leslie Asare



Green Bay|Appleton|Neenah/Menasha|Oshkosh|Fond du Lac

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