Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

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Our Savior is Born

Christmas 2018

Celebrate 

I love Christmas music, Christmas decorations, family gatherings, the aroma of simmering wassail, and snow. While Christmas music and decorations occurring earlier each year cause some to cringe; it brings a holiday cheer to my senses and a smile to my face. I generally put up Christmas decorations the weekend following Thanksgiving and don’t take them down until well after Christmas. I’m perplexed at those who no longer turn on their Christmas lights on December 26th. Christmas season doesn’t end like the slamming of a door.

Christmas is the time of year when Christians celebrate… Continue reading

Let Liberty Ring

While many are dusting off their artificial Christmas tree and placing the spider infested contraption in the traditional place of prominence, others are heading to a crowded parking lot occupied by their favorite local civic organization selling trees shipped in from who knows where. The more fortunate will be keeping with tradition and traipsing into the woods and choosing the perfect conifer suitable to be adorned with all of those ornaments brought home by the kids during their elementary school days, at least the ones that weren’t edible and still have a remnant of glitter clinging to the, now fragile… Continue reading

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