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Savor the non-holidayness, too

As you start this week, possibly looking into a tunnel called A Busy Holiday Week, may you find the courage to enjoy the everyday little bits that aren’t, in fact, holiday at all. May you relish the regular, and be brave enough to call is just as sacred as the twinkle lights and the nativity (read more…)

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Celebrating St. Nicholas, the real Santa Claus

Last December, we added St. Nicholas Day to our repertoire. What? That’s crazy-talk, adding one more thing to do during the busiest time of the year. I know—but hear me out. We decided to add this simple observance for a few reasons: 1. As a family, we want to be more mindful of the worldwide (read more…)

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Advent Gatherings: anticipation through life in community

It was 5:00 pm this past Sunday evening, and our home was filled with the delicious aroma of chicken taco soup, simmering away in both crockpots on my kitchen counter. We had apple cider ready to heat up and a jug of eggnog in the fridge. Our Advent wreath graced the center of our large (read more…)

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How we help curb the ‘I want that!’s during the holidays

In our Facebook conversation a few weeks ago, it sounded like there’s a common issue with certain family members wanting everything under the sun, particularly during the holidays. It’s not perfect around here by any means, but I’ve found a few keys that help keep the “I wants” a bit at bay. 1. Limited gifts (read more…)

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For everyone’s sanity, keep this Christmas simple

As you start this week—and as you start this Advent season—remember to breathe. Remember, as you unbox all your decor and start penciling in the squares of your calendar, that “more” of the holiday season isn’t always better. Like a finely-curated art collection, sometimes less is more for Christmas. During the holidays, this might look (read more…)

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