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12 Days of Christmas: Kindness

“Stay out!” she yells as she slams the bathroom door closed. Her sister grabs the knob to open it and barge in. As I arrive, door tug-of-war is in full swing. By the time bedtime rolls around, things like patience and the desire to understand have worn thin. Of course, the problem  would have been […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Faith

How fitting that the first post in our 12 Days of Christmas series is about faith. It’s what the Baby Jesus represented: fulfillment of the Jews’ faith that a Messiah was coming. I read about a Christian woman who was so heavily burdened that she questioned her faith. She commented to her Jewish high school students that […]

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My husband and I opening a gift on Christmas

A Different Twist on Christmas Giving

You have likely heard of or even participated in the growing movement of giving to charity in someone’s honor, as a Christmas gift to that person. Last year, my family adopted this concept but decided to put our own personal twist on it. My husband and I came up with the idea to purchase a […]

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Free Christmas materials for pastors

When you see a Christmas tree in the middle of the summer – how does it make you feel? Nostalgic about the season? Panicked that you might already be too late for shopping? At Food for the Hungry, we’re already talking about Christmas for one simple reason: it’s time to plan! If you’re one of […]

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Middle Schoolers Give Hope for Christmas

I had the privilege of speaking to an amazing woman named Donna Nelson the other day. She’s helping children see beyond themselves. In the process, these children are experiencing the idea that happiness comes from contributing rather than receiving. They are seeing that great things can be accomplished when people pull together toward a common […]

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Bethlehem Star

Have a merry, happy and blessed Christmas

Only a few more days until we celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World. One of my favorite stories surrounding the birth of Christ is that of the Magi. The Magi have really good “cred” in the Christmas story. Nobody traveled further to see the Messiah. Nobody suffered more in that traveling. Nobody left more behind (Persian […]

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One of my favorite Christmas Carols…what’s yours?

Tragedies like the one in Newtown, Conn., or the lesser known school stabbings in China, make us keenly aware for our need for light in dark situations. Maybe it’s just me, but walking into a shopping mall and hearing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (again), doesn’t do it. But there are so, so, so many other […]

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8 Days of Giving

Each Christmas season, our family looks through the gift catalog and selects a few gifts. We have four girls and a boy (and one more child due on Christmas!) who love to give. This is an opportunity for them to see how our gifts can make an impact in others’ lives. We love flipping through […]

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Advent wreath with lit candles

I’ll be home for Christmas….or maybe not.

Christmas music is a huge part of my holiday experience. I have been singing in choirs since I was eight years old. I don’t have a solo voice, but I can hold my own in a chorus. Last night, I joined about fifty others and a small orchestra to perform the beloved holiday classic, Handel’s Messiah. Being surrounded […]

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McMahan family at Christmas

Un-Decorate for Christmas

It’s October, and I’m ready to start listening to Christmas music. Has this conversation come up in your home too? In my house, the timing of Christmas music is a basic disagreement that my husband and I face every year. I love Christmas and can’t wait for the season to begin. Meanwhile, my husband, Tim, […]

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