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Seasonal nostalgia: revisiting a Christmas essay

Cindy La Ferle

“Christmas weaves a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance: A day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” ~Augusta E. Rundel 

Given the necessary restrictions for parties and family gatherings, Christmas won’t look quite the same this year. But even without a pandemic, this otherwise festive holiday can strike a melancholy chord for anyone suffering a loss. Not long after my mother was officially diagnosed with vascular dementia, I wrote an essay on the bittersweet aspects of Christmas memories for Read the Spirit, an online interfaith magazine founded by David Crumm, former religion editor for The Detroit Free Press. You can read it here. 

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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