Monday, December 13, 2010

Cookies and Harps

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Alert: This posting is a slice of my life.

With Christmas so close
there's much to do.

There's cookies to make. 
One family tradition we have 
is decorating sugar cookies.

I think I caught some cookies thieves.

Below is my daughter, Kristina. 
She's a much better cookie artist than I am.

Christmas is also a time 
of special church programs.

I serve as the Relief Society President in the Third Branch in our Stake. Our branch members live in an assisted living center. I wanted to give them a special program for Christmas. Something they'd never had before.

So I asked my good friend . . .

 . . .Kathleen . . .

 . . . and her friend, Pam . . .

  . . . to play their harps for our branch. 

Kathleen and Pam are members of 

The Park City Harp Ensemble.

Their Christmas music was heavenly. 

I spoke between numbers. As I was introducing the song, Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella, one of my counselors came over to Pam and started whispering in her ear. I didn't understand what was going on until she pulled a little lady's chair up so she could touch Pam's harp. This lady is deft and couldn't hear the music, but by placing her hand on the harp she was able to enjoy the song along with the rest of us.

Tears came to the little lady's eyes as Pam played.
(Many in the congregation were misty eyed, as well.) 

What a spiritual kick-off of the Christmas season.

I'd love for you to share some of your family traditions or special programs that you enjoy this time of year. Please feel free to leave a comment.  :)


  1. For the past several years our Christmas tradition has involved traveling to see family. My kids, siblings, and mother live all over the country so my wife and I basically have to go to them if we want to see them since it's often the only time we can see them during the year. I wish we all lived closer--it would be nice to stay home for Christmas. Then I'd make some cookies.
    Have a lovely holiday season.

    Tossing It Out

  2. Lee,
    Ah, but traveling from house to house you can just spoil the grandkids. No worry about feeding them and no clean up. Way cool!

  3. The cookies look yum and I bet the harps sounded beautiful! Harp music is some of the very best! =D

  4. Laura,
    My family loves these cookies. I prefer chocolate, but I won't pass up a sugar cookie.

    The harps were amazing. Wish you could have heard them.



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