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How to make next Christmas even better

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas yesterday! For some families, there may be another Christmas celebration today or later in the week with more friends or relatives. I wish you continued blessings, whatever your holidays may look like. This year, my son was with me on Christmas and will be spending time with (read more…)

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Embrace imperfection

Christmas is tomorrow. Did you get everything checked off your holiday to-do list? And in the midst of it all, are you actually enjoying the season? No need to panic. I haven’t done it all, either. And I have fleeting thoughts that wish the holiday would hurry up already so we can go back to (read more…)

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Simple solutions for the most complicated time of the year

This week, families around the world officially move into the holiday season. While many of the most magical and meaningful holiday moments involve celebrating with family, it’s the family aspect of the holidays that can often bring tension, stress, and bad feelings. The who, what, and why of the holidays are easily overtaken by the (read more…)

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It’s no puzzle: keeping holiday traditions simple

I don’t remember exactly when it started. Sadly, I suspect I may have rolled my eyes a bit the first time someone pulled out a box and started to pour the cardboard pieces on the recently cleared dining room table. Putting together a puzzle? Really? THIS is how we’re going to spend our Christmas? Really. (read more…)

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The Gift of the Magi

As you start this week… may you pour a steaming cup of your favorite drink and settle in for Story Time. You can read this to your kids, if you want, but consider this first a story for yourself. The Gift of the Magi is a short story published in a collection of works called (read more…)

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