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December 4, 2014
Holidays

Handling the Holidays

What do the holidays mean for you? Are they times you look forward to or are they times you dread? Are they full of warmth, love and family or are they lonely, dark and painful? For some, the holidays bring excited anticipation of rich food, colorful décor, festive carols and family closeness. For many though, this time of year serves as a poignant reminder of loss, regret, stress, worry, business, grief and pain. And the same is true for our children. The “most wonderful time of the year” is also the most stressful. And stress is not always bad or […]
December 4, 2012
Christmas

A New Christmas Song

Like many families, the day after Thanksgiving we begin listening to Christmas music—fun favorites like Mannheim Steamroller’s renditions of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Avalon’s versions of Joy to the World and Winter Wonderland; and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas arrangements. We enjoy the traditional songs like Away in a Manger, Silent Night, O Holy Night and What Child is This? Handel’s Messiah is incredible—especially the Hallelujah Chorus*.   This week I discovered a new Christmas song. Well, I should say, the lyrics of a song: “. . . Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality […]