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Dealing with Loss at Christmas

Author: Charity KeldieCategory: General, Culture

Christmas—it’s a time of wonder, magic, joy, peace and those warm-hearted feelings that make December “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those of us who have lost loved ones, this season may be marked by grief, loneliness, doubt and fear. Traditions that used to bring joy now bring a flood of tears. Crowded rooms feel hauntingly lonely because someone is missing. Nothing ...

Substance Over Shadows

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General, Culture

It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving, and we’re already into the holiday season full throttle. The lights are already up, Christmas music is playing, people are talking about gift ideas, and the commercials have started. It’s on. And some of us didn’t even have the decency to wait for Thanksgiving to be over before we coated every surface in tinsel and fake snow. The “Christmas season” ...

Making New Traditions at Advent

Author: Matt TonneCategory: Parenting

I'm not really crafty or artistic. I don't love buying carefully selected gifts. I don't love carving out big chunks of time to spend with my family. I just want to get my to-do list finished. And during the holidays, that list is impossibly long. Consequently, I just don’t feel like I’m great at Advent.

Savoring Family Worship

Author: Beth BroomCategory: General, Parenting

There’s something really beautiful about gathering with family and worshiping together. Growing up, I remember sitting in “big church” with my parents every Sunday. I was raised in a very small church in a small town, and we didn’t have the staff or resources to do separate programs for children. So each Sunday our family of five filled a pew. I sang songs I didn’t fully understand. I ...

Serving Forgiveness at Thanksgiving

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: General, Culture

About a week ago, we gathered some “foodie” friends for what is becoming an annual tradition: Mock Thanksgiving. It’s like a dry run for a Thanksgiving that we would never actually serve to our families, an excuse to experiment with a menu that, for most of us, is set in stone for the actual day.

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