Note: I’ve heard from many people that have had a trouble subscribing to the blog. First of all, “Thank you for trying!” My amazing, wonderful, favorite son-in-law has been in town this Christmas and has changed the subscription system so hopefully it won’t be a problem anymore. 

For those of you who aren’t out looking for after Christmas deals today and prefer instead to sit in front of a fire while your kids play with new toys, here are a few things to make you smile.

For my favorite (very) live nativity click here. (sorry I couldn’t embed)

And be encouraged by these lovely lyrics from my friend Susan who is working in Jerusalem:

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.

(From Anthem, by Leonard Cohen)

Enjoy 28 Pictures that Prove 2015 Wasn’t a Completely Terrible Year  including the world’s first positive bathroom wall graffiti.


And a creative family who posted their own real-life elf on the shelf series!


Every Christmas Eve we go to our brother and sister-in-law’s house in St. Paul for the BESTDINNEROFTHEYEAR made by my totally amazing sister-in-law, Betsy. It is such a gift of love. Around the table there is laughter and song and games.

My one small contribution is Death by Chocolate.  You’re probably still full from yesterday and are contemplating a new diet, but it’s one of my most asked-for recipes, so here you go 🙂


Make a 9×13 pan of brownies. (From scratch, or a box! This year I used Pillsbury Mocha fudge brownie mix and liked it).

When the brownies are cooled, score them and crumble into pieces.

Make 3 boxes of Dr Oetker Double Chocolate Mousse mix (or make from scratch, or find your own box mix. These I have to order on Amazon now).

Whip up a pint of whipping cream with some powdered sugar thrown in.

In a glass trifle bowl if you have one layer: some of the crumbled brownies, mousse, whip cream, and HEATH Milk Chocolate bits (found in baking aisle). Repeat layers ending with whip cream and heath bits on top.

Happy Christmas weekend to all!