A Glow In The Darkness Is The Best Gift Of All

Thank you, Bruce, for posting one of Craig Wilson’s columns.  He was a weekly writer for USA Today, “The Final Word” – what a Christmas delight.  Yes, it is a reminder of how simple and magical the season can be.


In May, 2013 a columnist by the name of Craig Wilson took his final bow after a buyout from his employer, USA Today. He wrote a Wednesday column called “The Final Word” for more than sixteen years. His weekly writing – regardless of the subject matter – provided readers a unique, thoughtful take on even the most take-for-granted aspects of daily life.

One of his columns dealt with December decorations. Specifically, displays that provide a depth of feeling that make passers-by smile and project the spirit of the holidays upon them.

I present this gentle reminder of just how simple, yet magical, this season can be…

A Glow In The Darkness Is The Best Gift Of All

Every December, a neighbor of ours opens his dining room shutters and lets in the world.

A floor-to-ceiling tree, laden with ornaments and white lights, fills the bay window. Underneath it is spread…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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20 Responses to A Glow In The Darkness Is The Best Gift Of All

  1. Darlene says:

    I like this a lot. In Spain, folks don’t do a lot of outside decorating but we were used to it coming from Canada. So my husband does a fabulous job lighting up our yard, even though no one else does. Everyone loves it! It makes you feel good, doesn’t it?

  2. Maggie says:

    Thank you for shar8ng such a lovely post.

  3. beetleypete says:

    Thanks for reblogging, Jennie. That’s a lovely post.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. cindy knoke says:

    Wonderful post. Happy Holidays Jenny 👼🎅🦌⛪🌟🎄🎁

  5. Thanks for remi ding me I needed to visit his post.

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    What a wonderful last column. That’s going out in style. I don’t recall hearing this story before.

    • Jennie says:

      It really struck me, too. I was corrected that this post was not his final one, and made that adjustment. What a great, uplifting story! It’s really the simple things that can be most magical. Best to you, Pete. 🎄

  7. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. I’m heading over to Bruce’s to read. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a glorious new year of adventures in the classroom. ❤

  8. It looks like a great read. I’ll be heading over. Have a great week, Jennie!

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