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How to Celebrate Christmas Eve with Lebanon Bologna

By Linda Miller

“Ready for our party?” Mom asks with a strong, cheerful voice, like silver bells in the air.

She looks fresh and fancy and new, like a holiday butterfly unfurling her finery. Each Christmas our everyday Mom transforms into a glamorous Mother dressed for family-of-four entertaining, and I pause to appreciate how pretty she looks when she’s not traipsing around with a mop and heavy bucket.

Her short hair is fluffed and wavy around her face. She’s put on a touch of red lipstick and a bit of rouge, too. And she’s wearing her navy-blue quilted dressing jacket with wide, swishy pants to match. I love this soft, slippery jacket because when my hand reaches out to touch it, my fingers believe they are dipping into still, cool water.

About the Author

Linda Miller is a freelance writer and memoirist who grew up in Slatington, a small town in southeastern Pennsylvania. She’s worked in newspapers, magazines, and in higher education public relations at Temple University. She’s recently moved to Hershey, PA, where she continues her work coaching college-bound students to write their best application essays.

 

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