Podcast Episode 12: Vintage Christmas Holly


First Christmas Card

The very first Christmas card published in London, 1843–the same year “A Christmas Carol” was written by Charles Dickens.

I’m so blessed to share my Christmas podcast with you this month! It’s simultaneously in print in RUBY MAGAZINE with a host of other Christmas themed articles, by many talented Christian women writers, to fill your home and heart with the joy of the season.

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Earlier this year I came into possession of a glorious antique book by Margaret E. Sangster, a prolific writer and magazine editor in the 19th and early 20th century. The green and gold embossed, cloth covered treasure featured a collection of her devotional thoughts in a glorious 1903 edition titled The Joyful Life.


“I brewed my morning cup of tea and settled into my cozy recliner with Mrs. Sangster’s 19th century words soaking into my heart and mind. Her gentle compassion and compelling wisdom in applying biblical principles to everyday life read fresh and relevant to my life as a Christian woman a century after the words were penned.”


This month, as we prepare for Christmas 2016, I’m sharing some excerpts from a chapter called, Christmas Holly, with Mrs. Sangster’s thoughts for marking the day in your home, with your family, and the community at large, authored over a century ago. She writes eloquently on five specific topics:

  1. On the Glory of the Season
  2. On Children and Christmas
  3. On Christmas Ornamentations
  4. On Christmas Presents
  5. On the True Meaning of Christmas


READ ONLINE: This post is the audio version of my article featured in the DECEMBER 2016 of RUBY MAGAZINE.

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May you enjoy these closing weeks of 2016 with abundant blessings and the joy of your family near, as you celebrate our Savior’s birth.

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Sharing A Vintage Voice from a Christmas Past this week with:

Literacy Musing Monday

Christian Blogger’s Link-up

Sitting Among Friends

Katherine’s Corner


Thought Provoking Thursdays

Spiritual Sundays

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. I love old books and this one is a beauty!

    • Thanks, Sue. My house is full of them and I love reading them, too. The writing style and the feel of such old cloth covers and paper in my hands–joy! My January podcast features Mrs. Stangster’s thoughts on a new year–stay tuned!

  2. Thank you for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays!

  3. Merry Christmas! Thank you for linking up this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!

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