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Christmas Past

Christmas was a wonderful time of the year for me when I was a child. Cookies, parties, church services and gifts were among the featured attractions, and I took full advantage of them.  Still do. We celebrated Jesus’s birth too. In my family the celebration of Jesus’s birth was central and … Continue reading

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How Does Christmas Come About?

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It’s almost Christmas.  Are you ready? Will you be ready?  I’m not ready…yet. Christmas will come about, like it always does, and I will be ready, like I always am.  However, not without some chaos and confusion.  Every year I determine … Continue reading

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Give the Gift of Relationship this Christmas

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Are you wondering what to give your loved ones (who don’t need anything) for Christmas?  I have an idea for you! Invest in your relationships this Christmas. Christmas gift giving in my extended family has morphed from all of us exchanging gifts with each other (very fun … Continue reading

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Enjoying the Gift or Playing with the Wrapping Paper?

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Boxes, gift wrap, and ribbons are apparently endlessly entertaining to toddlers.  Who needs gifts?  We should just wrap boxes for young children and let them play! We adults are amused by this, because we know the difference between a gift and … Continue reading

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How Would You Fix this Broken World?

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Last Thursday I wrote a blog post imagining fictional newspaper headlines in the days surrounding Jesus’ birth.  I was blissfully unaware on Thursday of the horrible non-fiction headlines that would be created on Friday.  (Sadly, my post Jesus Wept written last July in reaction to the Colorado theater shootings … Continue reading

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What if Heaven Published a Newspaper?

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What would heaven’s headlines say? Today’s U.S. headlines warn of fiscal cliffs, rising taxes, and dangerous volatility in the Middle East.  These situations deserve our attention, but are they of eternal importance?  Maybe; maybe not. Many “big” headlines of 2012 will be forgotten by 2013.  However, there are small … Continue reading

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God’s Advent Calendar

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The December days of my childhood were marked by numbered doors on an Advent calendar.  Each day was one day closer to Christmas – so exciting! December is a long month for a child, (and way too short for an adult.)  Our Advent preparations consume about … Continue reading

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Christmas Brunch Gone Bad

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Just for fun, I invite you to share a Christmas comedy.  I’m not talking about Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, or A Christmas Story, entertaining and humorous as they are, but your real-life holiday hilarity. If I share a Christmas comedy, will you? The (now) funniest Christmas … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Pens to Pixels

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How do you say Merry Christmas to your family and friends?  With pens or pixels?  Does it matter? If you sign a traditional card that comes out of a box with your actual hand using old-fashioned ink, bless you, for personally … Continue reading

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From Hallelujah to Bah-Humbug…and back again

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This time of year gives me a case of emotional whiplash.  I bounce through some days to a mental soundtrack like the Hallelujah Chorus, energetic, victorious, and joyful.  Then without knowing what hit me, I wake up the next day stiff with … Continue reading

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