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...
We may not be able to give the gift of exotic trips to all of the special people in our lives this holiday season. But helping them savor travel memories and plan for a future trip is definitely in the budget.
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My eldest daughter was 4 1/2 when she ran into the den last Christmas morning to see if Santa had visited. Surely, the excitement of a mountain of toys, shiny packages and half-eaten carrots left by the reindeer distracted her for a bit, but before long, she was peering out the window sadly.
Focus on toys that will teach your children something new, broaden their horizons about who they become and give them the lasting gift of sparking their imagination and teaching them new ways to think about the world.
If you reduce holiday commercialism to its essence, it's about showing someone you love them. So why do we have to spend money to do that?
Since the very last thing this season needs is more stress, I've come up with a handy-dandy giving guide for you to use or share with those who are hoping to give to you this season.
I realize I'm writing a defense of consumerism. A treatise on spoiling. But it's one day. One day I can say "yes."
Kids need to play. It is vitally important to their development. But they don't need to play with Elmo or a hunk of plastic that recites the alphabet with a twang or a drawl. Kids need to play with us and with each other and all alone.
To avoid getting it all wrong, follow these tips on how to tap into the teen psyche and get a gift that won't embarrass them or you!
These days I like it so much, it doesn't have to be Christmas to keep it around.
I've never been fond of artificial Christmas trees. Actually, in my younger days, I thought they were hideous. I wondered if the folks who put up fake trees in their homes had sad childhoods. Didn't they understand that the house was supposed to smell of pine?
Picking a creative career like writing would be impossible without blind faith in oneself. I've always worked at being the hero of my own story, someone I would root for in a book, or onscreen, but now the scope of the story is growing and I can't predict the plotline.