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Meaning of Christmas

Want a December to Remember? Here's the One Thing You MUST Buy!

Christina Pesoli | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Christina Pesoli

Put your smart phone or iPad down and pay attention to your kids. Spend time doing things with them -- and I'm not talking about fancy ski trips or lavish holiday parties. I'm talking about everyday life kinds of things like wrapping presents, playing a game, or baking Christmas cookies.

The Real Meaning of Christmas

David Wygant | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
David Wygant

Christmas brings up many different emotions, we have many different feelings around it. It triggers a lot of emotions. The real meaning of Christmas is to give. I want to share with you something that happened to me yesterday.

The Christmas I'll Carry

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

For me, it seems that to honor the holiday, I must honor the everyday.

Growing Up Jewish in Texas: Christmas

Diane Ravitch | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion
Diane Ravitch

When I go with my partner to midnight Mass, I am glad I know the words to the songs. I look around and am not surprised to see a fairly large number of other Jews from the neighborhood, also joining in singing the songs with the choir. It is Christmas. It is a time to celebrate peace and joy and goodwill towards all. We can all share those hopes.

The True Meaning of Christmas

Staks Rosch | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Staks Rosch

Jesus obviously isn't the reason for the season. So what is? Many atheists joke that the reason for the season is the tilt of the Earth's axis. That's funny and all, but it only goes one level deeper than the Christian view. Here is the godless honest truth.

What Bothers Me Most About Christmas

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 02.17.2014 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Why can't everyone be decent every day? Wouldn't that be better compared to this fleeting moment that ends the moment that the New Year rolls around?

How I WON'T Be Celebrating Christmas This Year

Julia Schemmer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

After soul-searching and enough frustration, I finally decided how I will celebrate this Christmas. No, it will NOT be planning every detail of the day. No, it will NOT be striving to find a gift for every single person that has ever entered my life

The Challenge Of The Manger In Bethlehem

Tobias Roberts | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

Advent should be the season for us to reflect, not just on the tenderness of the manger scene, but of what that scene represents below the surface. It should push us to understand that God became incarnate in the world of the poor and oppressed and shared intimately in that reality.

Rediscovering Christmas Truths ... In Prison

Kristen Marble | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Kristen Marble

There were no disco balls or singing children. The setting was drab and far-from-festive. The tattered hymnals and song sheets retrieved from the cabinet. The individuals came all dressed in red -- not because red is a Christmas color, but because red is the color of the assigned uniform.

Why My Heart's A Little Broken This Christmas

Mary Kate Sheridan | Posted 02.23.2013 | Women
Mary Kate Sheridan

We were made to be sisters, and it was clear right from that first Christmas how well we balance each other out. Nothing makes this bond as clear as Christmastime.

Darkness Doesn’t Win

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

Parents, children and teachers woke up last week in Newtown, Conn., and had no idea that life as they knew it was over. But what I must say this morning is this: Darkness does not win. Jesus was born, lived and died so that darkness does not win.

The True Gift of Christmas

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

Christmas is the yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus, but it is truly a gift that we must experience each day. Christmas is a present, not a past.

Slaying Innocents And The Meaning And Message Of Christmas

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

If children are the heart of the meaning of Christmas, the message of the full story of Christmas is what adults must do to keep children alive and help them thrive. Without the message of Christmas for the world, its meaning for children is thin and hollow.

What If This Was Your Last Christmas?

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Jason Stanford

For better or worse, we don't know who is going to be around the Christmas tree next year. So I'll put it to you again: If you knew that everything would change next year, how would you spend Christmas?

The Daily Szep- Real Meaning of Christmas

Paul Szep | Posted 02.10.2013 | Comedy
Paul Szep

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When Mom Forgets the Meaning of Christmas

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 01.30.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

We studied store maps like Indiana Jones planning a crusade for the Holy Grail and figured out where the Barbie Jeeps were hidden. On Thanksgiving night, I tucked my little turkeys in the bed and pushed my husband out the door, into the cold, cruel world that is Wal-Mart on Black Friday.

The Gift Of Love

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

have always had a vivid imagination. I imagine -- in fact I KNOW -- that we are LOVE made flesh. That is the gift each of us has to give.

The Reason For The Season -- And It's Not Jesus

Kirsten West Savali | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Kirsten West Savali

Biblical scholars have debunked the blind belief that Jesus was born on Dec. 25 time and time again. That is not myth, legend or subjective opinion -- that is fact.

Holiday Expectations: It's Not About What's Under The Tree

Darryl A. Cobbin | Posted 02.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Darryl A. Cobbin

While we've always believed there is a reason for the season far greater than exchanging presents, my wife and I got caught up in the hoopla of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the general shopping craze. In a nutshell, we were missing the point.

Taking The Blue With The Red And Green

Lamar Vest | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Lamar Vest

Jesus was born into the same world that you and I live in today. Jesus was born to a broke teenage mother. He was born into an occupied nation ruled by outsiders.

The Real War On Christmas

Derek Flood | Posted 02.06.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

Christmas should be about showing "peace on earth and good will towards all mankind," rather than on getting mad at people who say "happy holidays" to us.

Beware of the Grinch Mentality

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 02.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

Perhaps now, with the economy in its current state of uncertainty, people are being forced to redefine the meaning of Christmas and how it will be honored. Unfortunately, it seems the Grinch mentality (which is founded in the fear of "not enough") still pops its little green head up at this time every year.

Why We Should Live Up To God's Faith In Us And Strengthen Our Relationships

Elizabeth E. Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth E. Evans

God's faith in us seems much bigger, more demanding, more frightening, than our faith in ourselves. Talk about the audacity of hope.

The Deep Truth of the Christmas Story

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

The truth of Luke's story is that it is still being told in the events of our day, in the events of our headlines and the secrets of our hearts.

The Meaning Of Christmas When You Are Unemployed

Lillian Daniel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

The unemployed and the underemployed can experience Advent as one big let down. The ability to earn, and to provide for others, and to give to your church are blessings not to be taken for granted.