Dec. 25 , 2006

Christmas profile: Angela Anderson of Dassel

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Angela Anderson of Dassel is the 2006 Christmas profile because her name means “angel.” Angels played an important part in the first Christmas.

Angela is originally from Sycamore, Ill. She met her husband, Craig, while at Bible college in Medicine Lake. After they married, they moved to the Anderson family’s home place in 1992 near Big Swan Lake, north of Dassel.

They have two sons, Aaron, 11, and Adam, 8, who are home schooled by Angela. Craig raises organic beef on their farm and does some carpentry. Angela also decorates cakes for weddings and birthdays.

Favorite Christmas carol: “Joy to the World.”

Favorite Christmas food: Scalloped corn.

Favorite Christmas memory: My mother’s parents owned a mobile home park in Dekalb, Ill. The entire family gathered there at the main facility of the park every year for Christmas. I remember how much fun it was to play hide and seek with my cousins in the park’s laundromat.

Favorite Christmas church service: It was last year’s Christmas Eve service at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church of Cokato. During the service, the Rev. Lyndon Korhonen asked questions, and his father, an excellent singer, sang each reply. “It was so touching,” Angela said.

Favorite Christmas activity: Watching the Holidazzle parade in Minneapolis.

Favorite Christmas gift: “I like doing artsy stuff. When I was a child, I received a loom to make place mats and do other simple weaving.”

Favorite Christmas decoration: The Christmas tree. The Andersons have two trees, a big one for upstairs for Christmases when they don’t go to Illinois, and a small one decorated with rustic ornaments and the children’s ornaments.

Favorite Christmas candy: Chewy Christmas nuggets.

Favorite Christmas craft: Making wreaths.

Favorite Christmas shopping coup: Last year I had only one gift left to buy, a Robo Pet for Aaron, and I found it half price at Target.

Favorite Christmas movie: “The Nativity Story.” We always focus on Jesus’ birth, which is proper to do. However, watching this movie, I was impressed how much Mary and Joseph had sacrificed from their own lives to make sure Jesus was brought into the world. People didn’t believe them and rejected them. Despite that, they still did what God wanted them to do.

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