Christmas morning is obviously the peak of all the holiday excitement, and in our family it is always spent hovered over hot coffee and breakfast casseroles, while we refuse to wear anything but pajamas and laze on the sofa.
This biscotti recipe has been in my repertoire for years... so many years, in fact, that I can't even remember when I came up with it. And, though I have countless versions of this recipe, this one is my husband's favorite. So I end up making it more often than any of the others.
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Joseph and Mary remind us that Christmas is a genuine love story--the story of God's unwavering love for us and our love for him; the marvelous love of a wife and a husband and the joyous wonder of a first child.
Do you remember when you were 5 years old and you thought Christmas only came once in a lifetime, because it took so long to come again? Why did I have to wait so long? Those 364 days were endless. Now decades later, Christmas comes like an avalanche.
Between office parties and family gatherings, you may find yourself in a similar panic-button situation this holiday season. By no means am I endorsing such disappearing acts, but it's important to be realistic about the likelihood you'll want to perform one.
Between school vacation, endless shopping lists, mailing holiday cards, cooking for extended family and traveling in potential winter storms, the holiday season can be overwhelming for parents. And with the hectic holiday season, the spirit of the holidays can sometimes get lost.
The day would bring no grand present opening and no homemade feast to enjoy, but there was also no stuffing to start, no breakfast for 12 to organize, no leftover scraps of paper and ribbon strewn across my bedroom floor.
Our cookie fest has evolved over the years to include more children and more adults, but some traditions remain unchanged.
The choirs are rehearsing their music, the preachers are mulling their texts and volunteers are organizing to once again deck the halls for the six services of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Christmas morning broke clear and cold. All the soldiers waited quietly in their trenches. When it seemed that no one could stand the waiting any longer, one soldier climbed out of his trench. He waved a white flag.
If you're reading this then you know you're like me and slightly behind schedule. Ok procrastinators; let's have a heart to heart. You're way behind schedule. Can your holiday shopping be completed with less than a week to go?
And King Herod's appearance in Matthew 2 explains the context of Jesus's arrival on earth. But these and many other central facts about the Bible's narrative escape the modern Bible reader.
The most important piece of advice for a peaceful Christmas I can give you though, is something I've read in a Polish article about Christmas: "Relationships come before traditions." Which is pretty much what the whole post is all about.
To all of you who, like me, struggle through this time of year: Please be gentle with yourself. If grief visits, let it. Reach out if you need help. Set clear boundaries and don't be afraid to honor them even when you're feeling pressured not to. Don't force things.
For most people family relationships are the most challenging in our lives, so it's not surprising that if we are in a place of profound loss and vulnerability then spending time with family members at Christmas may trigger some complex emotional responses.