Think outside the (gift) box

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! At one time or another, I think we’ve all seen How the Grinch Stole Christmas — either the original show or one of the modern adaptations. A new musical version was recently unveiled, and 2020 seems to be the perfect year for it; the storyline and the message are both highly appropriate for the current season. For many people, there will be no festivities this year. The spread of the virus makes gathering risky, …
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When gratitude is a challenge

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie 1948 – This week, the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving. But it’s unlikely to be the holiday so many of us have grown accustomed to having. With a global pandemic still raging, many people consider it unsafe to travel or meet in large groups. Many others have suffered job losses or other financial setbacks and don’t have the money for a traditional celebration. Still others have lost loved ones to Covid-19 and are too grief-stricken to celebrate this year. I think most of us …
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Giving and getting

For it is in giving that we receive. St. Francis of Assisi c. 1181 -1226 When I was a young child, I wasn’t particularly fond of returning to school after the holidays — though not for the reason you might think. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like school as the fact that all my friends asked the same question: “What did you get for Christmas?” I’d have to recite the items I got and then ask them what they’d received. And naturally, each of us made a mental note of who got more. We judged ourselves on how …
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