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The holiday season seems to amplify all that is good in our lives.

We just returned from a visit to my husband’s side of the family, and our time was filled with playing in the snow, talking around the fireplace, singing carols in harmony, opening brightly-wrapped packages, and eating hot turkey soup and freshly baked potato rolls (one of my mother-in-law’s specialties).

The other night, we walked the canals around my parents’ home near the ocean and enjoyed cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate with my siblings. While visiting in the living room in the home where I grew up, I snapped photos of the little things I remember about Christmas:

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