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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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Christmas: That Fake Tree

I never thought I’d see the day. There are some things that just aren’t negotiable, and this was one of those things. Compromising this point would be like Billy Graham replacing Just As I Am with Boot Scoot Boogie as … 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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Wookie On My Shoulder

I was afraid that I would step on her. She was so small barely more than a handful. As I looked down at her, sitting on top of my foot, she looked back with a facial expression that would have … Continue reading

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The Workout

Imagine with me a man who has been given a gift—a lifetime membership to a big, beautiful Health Club. It’s the sort of place with all of the latest exercise equipment and facilities, literally anything you could possibly want to … Continue reading

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I Was Wrong

Those three words, when used in that order, create perhaps the most powerful phrase in the English language. It’s also a phrase that we don’t hear very often—most of the time, people seem to be more focused on someone else’s … Continue reading

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