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Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Year’s Eve Should Always be a Celebration.

I can’t believe it’s New Year’s Eve again. It seems like just yesterday that I was ringing in 2013 and now it’s almost over. Another year has passed. Where does the time go? New Year’s Eve tends to be one of those competition celebrations. There’s so much pressure to do something fun and exciting. It’s … Continue reading »

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Now What?

I spent a good chunk of yesterday taking down my Christmas decorations. I find that most people fit into two camps with Christmas decorations. There are those who can’t wait to get them taken down and get their houses back in order and there are those who like to leave them up as long as … Continue reading »

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The Gift of Family

My sister and her husband are visiting with their three children. They are ages one, three and five. My sister is a busy woman. My kids are older now at twelve and fourteen, so when my sister visits, it’s a bit of a shock to the system. But, it’s a good shock. I always see … Continue reading »

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The Day after Christmas

As I write this, I have had a Christmas feast for lunch and dinner. I have eaten way too many sweets and stayed up way too late. After all of the excitement that leads up to Christmas, the day after is a little dull. We have been to church and celebrated and opened gifts. Clothes … Continue reading »

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Merry Christmas!

I’m assuming if you are reading this, the gifts have been unwrapped and maybe you’re taking a moment to yourself with a cup of coffee, a Sabbath moment if you will. I hope that you have a fridge full of food and a turkey roasting in the oven or that you are planning on joining friends … Continue reading »

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The Hope of Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve at last. I have tried diligently to be more intentional this Advent Season and to really seek God and I have found Him in so many places, from Christmas decorations to Wal-Mart of all places. Tonight is such an exciting night and we should all be giddy like little children are with … Continue reading »

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The Story of St. Nicholas

Christmas is getting very close, so I decided to do a little research on Santa Claus. I was curious as to how he fell into the mix of our Christmas celebration. I also wondered if there was a deeper meaning to the “jolly old elf,” than just bringing gifts to good girls and boys. You … Continue reading »

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Seeking God in Shopping Chaos

We’re getting into the Christmas homestretch. This weekend is the last shopping weekend we have before the big day. It’s likely to be crazy on the roads and in stores, especially grocery stores. But, while we are all planning on making the perfect Christmas dinner, maybe we should try to keep a few things in … Continue reading »

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Treasuring People this Busy Season

  As Christmas draws nearer, I seem to get busier. My kids will be out of school in a few more days, so their gifts need to be wrapped. They are teenagers now (almost) and it’s not like I can put them to bed anymore and get things accomplished while they sleep. More often than … Continue reading »

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Christmas Pageant Report

Last Sunday night, we finally got the church Christmas play produced. We really struggled with it this year because we had less help than usual. We seemed to be surrounded by the perfect storm of people being too busy to assist and with less people to help to begin with, the Friday night set up … Continue reading »

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