Terri and I will be flying up to the Twin Cities this weekend to attend the St. Olaf Christmas Festival with Andrew and Katie. It will be the 14th consecutive year that we have attended the festival beginning in 1997 when Elizabeth was a first year student at the school. We were fortunate to attend a total of 7 festivals from 1997 to 2003 when Elizabeth and/or Andrew was singing with one of the choral groups, most notably the St. Olaf Choir. For us it has always been the perfect way to usher in the Advent season as it reminds us of the real meaning of Christmas with the birth of our Savior and the joy and peace which He brings to us. Terri and I felt it was important to attend the festival this year as it will have special meaning for us with the joy we have felt with the birth of little Anna Evelyn and the peace He has brought to us as we have faced the challenges of my disease.
Peace and joy be to you and your family this Christmas season!
(NOTE: If you are interested in seeing the festival on TV, it is broadcast on many PBS stations around the country, most often on Christmas Eve around 11:00 P.M. Check your local listings for broadcast times. The festival is taped once every 4 years and then rebroadcast the following 3 years so the festival you see on TV will not necessarily be the one that we will see live.)