What’s your Christmas wish?

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. Eric Sevareid 1912 – 1992 This is the time of the year when the Christians of the world celebrate the birth of Christ. But you don’t need to be Christian to take part in (and benefit from) this celebration. I’d like you to take a few minutes and think up a Christmas wish. If there was a Christmas Fairy who could grant you one wish, what would you ask? Maybe you’d wish that there …
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Merry Christmas… or Happy Holidays?

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. Roy L. Smith 1887–1963 Last week, one of my neighbors put up a yard sign saying “Christmas is all about JESUS.” I couldn’t help but think that their message presented a very narrow interpretation of the Christmas season, and one that somewhat misses the point. I agree that Christmas shouldn’t be a consumer-driven, consumption-focused holiday. But if we go too far in the other direction — defining the holiday with a Christian perspective that excludes other beliefs — then we’re still forgetting the spirit of the season. Jesus …
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Merry Christmas

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens 1812 – 1870 Christmas is both a joyful and a stressful time of year. Celebrating with the people we love can be quite enjoyable. But given the demands of the season — the time, effort and expense of buying gifts, visiting friends and relatives, attending parties, and preparing special meals — Christmas can also be quite stressful. The pressure of all this activity can easily diminish the joy of the season. If you find you’re feeling stressed, stop and take a deep breath. Then …
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