by Kay D. Rizzo

December 6

A Very Pickle Christmas

Never get a lazy man to do something for you; he will be an ir­ritant as vinegar on your teeth or smoke in your eyes. Proverbs 10:26, TEV.

The traditions of mistletoe, eggnog, and candy canes we associate with Christmas, but pickles? In Berrien County, Michigan, Christmastime means pickle time.

Each December the village of Berrien Springs holds a Christmas Pickle Festival. This tradition started with a blown­glass pickle ornament pioneer families would hide on their Christmas tree for the children to find on Christmas morning. According to the legend that springs from the 1930s, the first one to find the ornament received an extra gift.

A very pickle Christmas may seem kind of silly at first. But think about it. Pickles don’t grow ready-to-eat in their brine. It takes work to make a good pickle. A basket of pickle­cukes, a room to clean, a school project to do-if you’ve ever had a friend who’s suppose to help you with a task and left you all the work, it sets your teeth on edge just as a mouth­ful of vinegar would.

The wisdom from the book of Proverbs is as accurate today as it was back when King Solomon was growing up in his father David’s royal court. God’s Word doesn’t grow old with time. .

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About "Popsicles, Black Holes and Burnt Toast"

So far today I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, havent lost my temper, havent been greedy, grumpy, or nasty. But in a few minutes, God, Im going to get out of bed, and from then on Im going to need more help. If your morning is anything like that, then start it out right with a revelation from Rizzo. She always has something new to say about God. It wont take long, but the smile in your heart will last the day. You'll encounter eggs that explode and missiles that dont. You'll meet Cha-Cha, the parrot that learned how to order the dog to bring in the cows, then take them back to pasture againover and over. And that's just the first two weeks! The rest of the book really is out of this world, with tales of triumph and tragedy, and stories terrestrial and extraterrestrial.
Kay Rizzo

Kay resides with her husband and business partner, Richard, in California's San Joaquin Valley. Her greatest riches include her hubby of 40+ years; her two daughters, two sons-in law, two grandsons and a cat named Pepsi.