Celebrating Christmas—Which Gifts Keep On Giving?

By Elana B When my sister and I were young, and still believed in the picture-book Santa with his bag of toys, we decided to stay up as late as possible on Christmas Eve, hoping to catch a glimpse of him, if not his reindeer. Our house was small, didn’t have a fireplace, but we weren’t worried about the details since we’d received gifts before with tags signed by “Santa Claus,” and knew he didn’t need a chimney because he could walk in our front door. My sister was five-and-a-half and I w...
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Christmas Every Day

What do you get for a person who has everything? I don’t mean everything in the material sense. Because, as we all know, money doesn’t buy happiness. On the other hand, money may not buy happiness, but it does make misery a lot more comfortable. But how many material things must we posses before we reach happiness? Bliss, Eternal joy. Nirvana. Whatever you want to call it. In other words, if you were able to posses every single thing there was to posses, would you finally be happy?...
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More Christmas Gems

Here are some more good Christmas stories from three well-known authors.  As before we give a brief excerpt from each story, and then invite you to connect to the remainder of the story, which resides on another site.  Here are three we are featuring: Willa Cather     The Burglar's Christmas Leo Tolstoy      Papa Panov's Special Christmas Henry Van Dyke     The Other Wise Man You will notice that two of these stories have the same theme of sacrificing to do good for others.  This is ...
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Christmas Gems

Here are some famous and heart-warming Christmas stories.  We give here just a brief excerpt from each story to whet your appetite, and then invite you to connect to the stories, which reside on other sites.  We will post other articles pointing you to inspiring stories for the season.  Here we give three of the most famous ones: O Henry's The Gift of the Magi Pearl Buck's Christmas Day in the Morning Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol     The Gift of the Magi, by O...
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