"This gentleman bought your drink." He looks supremely confused. The wiring that had allowed him to throw mental daggers at me just a moment prior is short-circuiting.
The word "Advent" has its origin in the Medieval Latin word adventus, meaning "arrival." The season offers the opportunity for Christians to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah.
Overspending is a significant source of stress. Each credit card swipe brings twinges of tension with visions of Christmas bills dancing in the head. ...
As we get older, we often find less is more. We may not decorate the house to the extent we did when the children were younger. And if the tree isn't decorated quite the way it always was, so be it.
The inspiration for this recipe arose a few years ago, when my mother-in-law gave me a huge bag of freshly picked pecans. I was absolutely delighted of course, but wondered what I would end up making with all these pecans.
I wondered: during our amped up holiday schedules and constant content on our phones, what's all of this sensory overload doing to our health?
How do we live with our reluctance to engage in family and faith rituals that once gave life, and the season, meaning?
The holiday season provides the perfect excuse to do something nice for your customers.
I used to get peeved when one town after another would outlaw their Christmas display, then I started to see news reports of how Christians are being treated in other parts of the world and suddenly it all seemed so stupid.
Nationally, we must steadfastly avoid the urge to go to war to settle the grievances that our policies helped create.
Up the game with bold hues and racing stripes.
Having a season of comfort and joy starts with taking care of ourselves. If we make self-care -- inside and out -- part of our daily practice, we will have much more to give to those we love.
My great aunt Brenda Ann used to visit our house every Christmas and return all the gifts we had given her the previous year. "I hated this," she would tell my mother as Mom unwrapped the Sleeping Beauty VHS cassette that she had fought over with an 8 year old at the Blockbuster bargain bin.
As Christmas approaches, I'd like to remind my fellow Christians who need the reminder: Please embrace nuance. Realize that precisely because folks vary even among those in your own denomination is exactly why we should mind our own business when it comes to our faith.
My question is this: Where is the Spirit of Christmas in aggressively posited greetings, especially when done with the intention not to spread good will but to antagonize?
'Twas the month of December And e'r'where you looked There was stuff to get done-- You were way overbooked. If only you had Someone else who'd pitch...