How Can We Make Christmas Meaningful For Children?

By Teisha P. As parents we wonder how to help our children feel the magic that accompanies the Christmas holiday when it seems to be lost in a shopping focused season. For some people, the sole purpose of Christmas is to receive and give gifts. Two years ago my husband and I stayed with my father and stepmother for the Christmas Holiday and this was the case in their home. While the tradition of giving and getting gifts is fun and adds to the excitement of the holiday, I noticed that when all t...
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Is There Really “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men”?

By Jeanne G. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising god, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:13-24). Growing up I, like so many others at Christmas time, read the account of the Lord's birth as recorded in the book of Luke. However, whenever I reached the annunciation to the shepherds, I was always left with a rather hollow feeling. In some ways, I identified more with the poem written by Henry Wad...
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What Is the Power of a Thoughtful Gift at Christmas?

By Andrew B. Last year it was hard for me to be away from home for Christmas but, I received one very sentimental gift: a family picture book. It contained a few pictures from just before I left home, but most were taken after. Each of these somehow referred to me. Either a picture of an inside joke I had with a sibling, something they knew I would laugh at, or some of my favorite things. These pictures spanned months, and showed that my family had been thinking of me often. I could feel the ...
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How Can We Feel Our Hearts Growing with Love?

By Cami C. “I Feel My Heart Growing with Love” Mix in cinnamon. Add applesauce. Then, Elmer’s glue.   My first graders read me the directions and then helped roll out the dough and use the gingerbread cookie cutter. We carefully laid out hundreds of miniature ornaments on every flat surface of our classroom, flipped them every few hours to dry evenly, decorated each one-by-one, and then added a ribbon. After a week of tender care and with mounting anticipation, my young le...
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How Do You Deal with Hardship During Christmas?

By Rachel R. There came a point in my childhood where I became so ill that a long hospital stay was needed. It was a common occurrence because of my chronic health condition, but this time I remember being heartbroken because I would be hospitalized over Christmas. My favorite holiday could have ended up being devastating—being trapped within confined boundaries, having my schedule compacted with medical treatments and tests, visits by overbearing practitioners, and not having enough sleep. T...
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Are Christmas and Spiritual Growth Linked?

By Anonymous The very essence of Christmas is a reminder of the better spiritual things in life. It is a time of good-doing, self-giving, heart-warming experiences that uplift others as well as ourselves. I once heard a wise man say that “our opportunities to give of ourselves are limitless”. This rings true particularly between the fourth week of November to the 25th of December. During this time there are countless moments to give to others. We give to others, but ultimately we give to G...
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