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Christmas Afterglow


Perhaps Chloe said it best last evening; “Granny, it’s kind of sad when Christmas is over, huh?” She paused, thinking I’m sure, that Nathaniel, Rebecca, Mike and Mel weren’t here anymore, and continued, “Especially when some of the people have gone.”

“It is, Chloe. Can be depressing.”

But holiday life cannot last forever, and so before this day is over, our Crestline home will be cleared of people: we’ll creep down the yet frozen driveway–Andrew and his gang will head south to San Diego, and Jerry and I will drive eastward to Lake Havasu.

It has been a white and wonderful Christmas–all my children have been here except for my oldest, Steve. He had planned to come Monday, but a business deal arose which he had to handle, then the weather worsened, requiring chains or four-wheel drive vehicles on the mountain roads, and he was not sure he could make it. Mike and Mel spent most of the day here Friday, Rebecca has been here since Tuesday, and Andrew came in on Sunday, as did we.


A group of us were out on this day trying to deliver little gifts to the neighbors but the wind was blowing so hard, the ribbons were flying off the packages, and it was so bitter cold, that we failed to get our job completely done.

dsc_0009Some of the neighbors weren’t home, so the youngsters left the presents at their doors.

Then to add to our joy, late yesterday, our dear friends, Adam and Sharon Pierce drove up the icy roads to spend a few hours with us.


So ends Christmas 2008. Our exchanged gifts were not lavish; our joy in being together was boundless. I trust your Christmas was as blessed as has been Jerry’s and mine.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

7 replies on “Christmas Afterglow”

Hi Shirley,

Instead of Christmas, we, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) celebrated a three-day thanksgiving to the God of Israel, Jesus Christ’s Father.

People from all walks of life gathered in the Ang Dating Daan/The Old Path Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines which served as the main location for the said event as well as the HUB for those locales around the world that will have satellite monitoring and streaming. This is an experience truly unique, as the technology considered negatively favored by other religion is being used to glorify the Father, God Almighty. This three-day-thanksgiving started last 27 of December at 6 am and ended 29 around 12 am, Philippine time. We celebrate this traditionally in two consecutive days every quarter of the year.

We were hoping and praying fervently that God will hear from heaven, and will forgive our sin, and will heal our land. Brethren in Ghana, Africa and Papua New Guinea made us realize how God’s work magnifies in our own eyes as the years went on as Brother Eli moves from one country to another to share the Love of God to His people.

Biblical speaking, the birth of Jesus Christ was described and it does not fit the snowy month of December. Shepherds feed their flock that night, remember? Catholics does this celebration disregarding the facts of the Holy Bible because they use it just for their selfish interest, the Pope won’t even have a stand to stick on what the Holy Bible says.

If you want to see more of what we do there, you can just click my username.


Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was great as well. We had no grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers or sisters, it was just the five of us, my husband, 3 kids and me. We had a quiet day just being together.

May the New Year be full of God’s Blessings for you and your kin.

God Bless!


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