Posted by on Dec 25, 2015 in New | 5 comments

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Hope Anchors the Soul

--Charles Dickens

And numerous indeed are the hearts to which Christmas brings a brief season of happiness and enjoyment.  How many families whose members have been dispersed and scattered far and wide, in the restless struggle of life, are then reunited, and meet once again in that happy state of companionship and mutual good-will, which is a source of such pure and unalloyed delight, and one so incompatible with the cares and sorrows of the world, that the religious belief of the most civilized nations, and the rude traditions of the roughest savages, alike number it among the first days of a future state of existence, provided for the blest and happy!  How many old recollections, and how many dormant sympathies, Christmas-time awakens!


We write these words now, many miles distant from the spot at which, year after year, we met on that day, a merry and joyous circle.  Many of the hearts that throbbed so gaily then, have ceased to beat; many of the looks that shone so brightly then, have ceased to glow; the hands we grasped, have grown cold; the eyes we sought, have hid their luster in the grave; and yet the old house, the room, the merry voices and smiling faces, the jest, the laugh, the most minute and trivial circumstance connected with those happy meetings, crowd upon our mind at each recurrence of the season, as if the last assemblage had been but yesterday.  Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!


Our family together misses those who have passed, and sends love with abundant gratitude for lives well lived; then, pray forward, amid dreams and visions for a dazzling 2016.

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Merry Christmas from the cast of cococooks.

♥ ♥ ♥





  1. 12-25-2015

    Merry Christmas Coco (and Poppy)! Thank you for your sweet message of HOPE!

  2. 12-25-2015

    Oh Peggy, such a beautifully written Christmas message. Lovely picture of the family. We wish you a Merry Christmas and blessings to all of your family.

    • 12-26-2015

      Good morning Glenda.
      We send more love to you and Tom!
      Funny story about the picture–it was so hectic at the Fire Station (we were invited for brunch). The guys got a call and vanished. We were about to leave when they came back and slipped the rig back into the bay; we had a quick photo op. I thought Cole was standing next to Britton and realized later he wasn’t in the picture 🙁 So, the lumberjack was added 🙂
      Happy coco…

  3. 12-25-2015

    Good Morning Peggy!

    Merry Christmas to you & your ‘crew!’ Beautifully written message from you on this glorious Christmas day! Your words are profound to all who are lucky enough to receive this message. I miss those family members who have gone on before us…especially at this time of year. Enjoy your beautiful family. Best wishes for a healthy, happy & prosperous 2016. God Bless the Lunde Family!
    Much love,
    SuzieQ & Barry too

  4. 12-25-2015

    Thanks for the beautiful message. Merry Christmas to the Lunde family from the Healeys. We miss you!

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