During this Advent and Christmas season, we at Lydia’s House are celebrating with 12 special events over the course of the next three weeks.  We couldn’t be more excited about it!  For many of our guests, the holiday season has been less than joyful in the past, so we’re hopeful that Christmas 2014 can be a way to reclaim the hope, freedom, joy, and welcome that Christ offers us through the incarnation.  We’ll make Christmas cookies with volunteer Anne Housholder, sing carols to the elderly with the help of the Puopolo family, and watch the movie Elf on loan from Laura Menze.  We’ll even celebrate our own “Lessons and Carols,” sharing our favorite Christmas books and songs right here in our living room.

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Last night, 12 of us attended the Cincinnati Zoo’s Festival of Lights, courtesy of our own Associate Volunteer Rachel Kohl, a zoo employee.  Past and present guests, live-in volunteers, and regular supporters got to pet an armadillo,

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meet some real-life reindeer, take a skip down Candy Cane Lane,

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and ride a rhino!

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A police officer even loaned us his hat for a photo!

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We look forward to continuing to live out the Christmas spirit over these next couple weeks and into the new year.

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