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Weekend links

In pictures: Christmas around the world :: BBC Tips for honest hospitality :: Nicole Bennett Farm fresh? Natural? Eggs not always what they’re cracked up to be :: NPR How to change your life with mini habits :: Pick the Brain On being “healed of being a big deal” :: Micha Boyett “There is virtue (read more…)

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3 simple lessons on bravery that I learned from Mary

The excitement and anticipation and chaos of Christmas have subsided (Happy Boxing Day to those of you that celebrate it!). I’ve heard the Christmas story countless times in the last month. We’ve journeyed through a wonderful season of Advent and the kids have been setting up and playing with the toy nativity set under our (read more…)

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A Christmas poem

From all of us to all of you… have a merry Christmas, friends. Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries (read more…)

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Last-minute gifts (you can still buy online) for Christmas Day

Man oh man, did Christmas sneak up on me this year. I really can’t believe it’s in three days. Mine’s a bit different this year, obviously—gingerbread house making? Going to The Nutcracker? Watching Elf? Not even a little bit. Our gift-giving is crazy simple this year—just a few things that can fit in our backpacks, (read more…)

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Fantastic Christmas music

I grew up around music. It was played throughout the house, I was given a radio for my room at an early age, and I have fond memories of my dad regaling us with childhood stories in the living room while playing his different records. One of my favorite childhood memories involves riding through the (read more…)

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