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12 Days of Christmas Gift Price Index 2017

A partridge in a pear tree and all the other 11 gifts would set you back $34,558.65 this year. That's slightly more expensive than last year, according to PNC's annual index of the 12 Days...

How The Great Guest Came

Before the cathedral in grandeur rose At Ingelburg where the Danube goes; Before its forest of silver spire Went airily up to the clouds and fires; Before the oak had ready a beam, While yet the arch was stone...

Family Resources for an Alternative Christmas

Christmas in history: Mingling cultural traditions Despite the fact that the Gospel of Luke links the date of Jesus' birth to a census in Palestine decreed by Caesar Augustus (Luke 2:1), nothing is known of...

Christmas With More Meaning and Less Money

  You asked for ideas about celebrating Christmas with lots of spirit and little cash. Choosing to simplify Christmas can be enriching, no matter why you've arrived at that choice. Don't be concerned that your children will...

Ten Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas

  1.  Plan ahead. Instead of going on auto-pilot the day after Thanksgiving, hold a family meeting to decide what the group really wants to do and who’s going to do what. 2.  If you need...

THE CHRISTMAS PLEDGE

  Believing in the beauty and simplicity of Christmas, I commit myself to the following: 1.  To remember those people who truly need my gifts. 2.  To express my love for family and friends in more direct...

Advent Calendars

Advent begins Sunday, December 3, 2017. There are many Advent Calendars to help prepare for the coming of Christmas. One of my favorites is Follow The Star, prepared by the Campus ministry folks Cooperative...

The Beginning of Advent Poem

'Twas The Beginning of Advent  By Todd Jenkins 'Twas the beginning of Advent and all through the Church Our hope was all dying-- we'd given up on the search. It wasn't so much that Christ wasn't invited, But...
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Give Chickens This Christmas

For over 50 years, The Heifer Project has been making the world a better place.  They make it easy for you to give a meaningful gift this Christmas that will have  a huge effect...
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A Time to Prepare for Christmas

Traditionally, the Church has set aside four weeks prior to Christmas as a time to prepare.  We call this time Advent. While most of our culture does take several weeks to prepare for Christmas, most...

Alternative Checklist: How Much is Enough?

  Each day that passes, the evidence mounts up that it is time for our society to start giving back more than we take from our planet and her people. Our taking (buying, having, discarding)...