boomer’s winter

wonderland

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Here’s yet again another guest blog post. I like to have guest posts featured by different people to show new perspectives, outlooks and different personalities. Get ready for it! Without much introduction, the following is a guest blog post by the one and only: Ann Marie! Most of you know her as Ann Marie, while others know her as Mrs. Franck. But, even less get to refer to her as mama! Without more of an introduction, I will let her take it away!

Hi! This is “Mom” as I am sometimes called or Ann Marie as Kendal so lovingly refers to me. I am honored to be the guest blogger today, or maybe not so much since Kendal informed me that she made a promise to herself to write a blog each day for a year and it sounded like she ran out of things to say…if one can actually believe that.photo boomer

Kendal mentioned how totally worn out Boomer looked as he sprawled out under the Christmas tree after he came in from supervising Joel’s shoveling after the big storm.  In case you aren’t aware, Boomer loves to be outside, especially in cold weather. Winter is his favorite season especially when it snows. Often it is hard to get him to come back in the house as he loves to make dog angels in the snow and run through the snow as it flies out of the snow blower chute. Supervising Joel as he snow blows is Boomer’s number one job. Sometimes the most demanding job is being the sidekick!  So is being sneaky enough to scope out each present that Kendal placed under the tree and discerned that none of them are for him. I sure hope that Kendal told Santa Paws that Boomer will be waiting patiently for his present come Christmas Eve.  An early Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night from me (and Boomer).

 

 

st. nick’s day

discovering the truths about St. Nicholas

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After moving out to the East Coast, I learned that there are many traditions that Midwesterners do that go unnoticed around the US, which I think is silly and kind of a culture shock. A big tradition that goes unnoticed is St. Nicholas and St. Nick’s Day. Allow me to enlighten you on my dear friend, St. Nick.

His feast day, St. Nicholas Day, is December 6, which falls early in the Advent season. In some places, he arrives in the middle of November and then moves about the countryside. When he is moving around, he visits schools and homes to find out if children have been good. In other places, he comes during the night and finds carrots and hay for his horse or donkey along with children’s wish lists. Small treats are left in shoes or stockings so the children will know he has come.

Where St. Nicholas is prominent, his day, not Christmas, is the primary gift giving day. Parties may be held on the eve, December 5th, and shoes or stockings are left out for St. Nicholas to fill during the night. Children will find treats of small gifts, fruit or nuts, and special Nicholas candies and cookies. St. Nicholas gifts are meant to be shared, not hoarded for oneself.

For things to get even weirder for me– I found this out: In Milwaukee children don’t write letters to Santa; they hang stockings on St. Nicholas Eve with a wish list for Santa. St. Nick comes to each house, collecting the wish lists and filling stockings with candy and toys for good children and coal for naughty ones. The coal is a warning to get one’s act together in the next three weeks before Christmas. The schools alert new families so no one will be left out. Personally, when growing up, we put shoes and stockings out for St. Nick’s Day and wrote letters to Santa for Christmas.

Did you know: St. Nicholas may also be the inspiration for a special Advent project—one which shows his concern for justice and relief of suffering.