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My First REAL Christmas

Christmas, 1975. Physically,I was 21 years old; spiritually, a mere baby six months of age. Christmas was different that year. The usual lights and trees and parties and presents dominated the landscape, just as they always had—but Christmas was a … Continue reading

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Jesus is NOT the Reason for the Season

One of the favorite Bible passages often heard during the Christmas season is Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall … Continue reading

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The Hope of Christmas: Peace on Earth

Christmas Eve. Stores are closing as last-minute shoppers scurry for the door, weary salespeople breathe a sigh of relief and get off their feet, and the “Magic of Christmas” officially begins. For one day, the universal motto of a large … Continue reading

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Personalities of Christmas: Average Joe

We don’t talk about Joseph very much. We mention him, and every nativity scene has a Joseph, but when you come right down to it, Joseph wasn’t one of the “superstars” of Christmas. We know a fair amount of information … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays? (I don’t think so)

At the conclusion of a recent telephone conversation, the woman on the other end of the phone line said, “Happy Holidays.” I wished her a Merry Christmas in return. She responded with an indignant lecture on the importance of the … Continue reading

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The Christmas Search

My all-time favorite Christmas album was recorded in 1961 by the late Stan Kenton and his orchestra. The original title, A Merry Christmas, sounds rather bland and doesn’t suit the recording at all. Kenton re-released the album in the 1970’s … Continue reading

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Christmas Traditions

We have many Christmas traditions in our household. Every year, we buy one special ornament for the tree, an ornament that speaks to the year. For example, the year when I adopted Sara was called “The Year of the Daughter.” … Continue reading

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Personalities of Christmas: Wise Guys

Have you ever spent hours looking for something, only to find it was right in front of you the whole time? I suspect it’s happened to most of us at least once. That’s the example that comes to mind when … Continue reading

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Christmas: Getting is Good

This time of year, we often hear the adage “it’s better to give than to receive.” Most of us would agree with that statement; I certainly do. Yet, I also have to admit that there’s a little child hiding deep … Continue reading

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Christmas: Good News for ALL People

During the Christmas season, we often see or hear the Christmas story as told through the eyes of Luke in his gospel. I’m particularly fond of this passage: “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the … Continue reading

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