Christmas

Keeping Christmas Fresh

As I walked through the airport, I was surprised to see my gate decorated with several flags.  There were glass cases along the walls filled with all sorts of medals…

Generosity — The Cure for the Gimmes

The Importance of Building Character Part IV – Generosity: The cure for the “gimmes” There’s a super villain that shows up this time of year. I call him the Green-Eyed…

Grandma’s Gift

Three years ago Grandma left this life at the age of 95. Some days I still feel the loss deeply, but I still have her gifts. When I was 2,…

Twas Christmastime

Twas the month of Christmas and all through the city People were crazy and not acting pretty. The traffic was clogged, the stores were all packed. The lines were so…

Holidays with Parents and In-laws: Let It Be Good

You’re into preparation mode-shopping, cooking, invitations, fundraisers, junk mail, Christmas cards, special parties. And this is above and beyond the regular stuff on your plate–sports teams, concerts, work deadlines, homework…

8 Ways to Give Your Kids the Spectacular this Christmas

Does all the commercialism surrounding Christmas bother you? Do you want to keep your heart and your children’s hearts focused on the true meaning of Christmas? It’s possible. How? Focus…

25 Ways Your Family Can Serve Together This Holiday Season

This is one of my favorite times of the year–not because the weather is especially nice (I’m not fond of the cold), but because it is a season of giving.  Everyone…

Don’t Give Them Everything They Want

I grew up the eldest of four kids. We had enough, but there was not a lot of excess. My parents were very careful with their finances. Christmas was wonderful…

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas … Everywhere You Go

So often in our culture, it seems like we barely pass one holiday when the stores are already packing in the merchandise for the next. Never is this more clearly…

4 Tips To Help Not Overspend At Christmas

It’s already begun, hasn’t it? Garland and tinsel adorn the supermarkets, catalogs are stuffed in our mailboxes, and every commercial advertises a “much needed” toy. The pressure to spend, spend,…

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