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5 Ways to Prepare Your Heart This Season

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I can’t believe that the holiday season is already upon us. It felt like just a few short months ago that l pulled down the mistletoe, swept up the last remaining pine needles, and boxed up my Christmas decorations.

What Do We Do Now With All Those Christmas Gifts?

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Can you believe it? Christmas Day has come and gone—just like that. Over the last month or possibly just this past week, you probably spent a great deal of time writing Christmas cards

Why I’m In Awe of Baby Jesus

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This month, I celebrate one year of motherhood. Yes, that means my baby has turned a year old, and what a year it has been! It may be a cliché, but what's been said about motherhood is true: it's tiring, trying, and stretching, yet every single bit of it is worth it.

When Crisis Strikes at Christmas

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I will never forget Christmas Day, 2014. It was the day my wife had a panic attack. We were getting ready to leave for church that day.

What if there was no Christ in Christmas?

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There was once a farmer who thought that the idea of God becoming a baby was absurd. His wife, however, was the opposite. She was a Christian and put her faith in the baby who was born that first Christmas.

ODB: Creeping Christmas?

I love Christmas. The celebration of the birth of Christ and the beauty and wonder of the season make it “the most wonderful time of the year” for me. In recent years, however, the season has been accompanied by a growing irritation. Every year “Christmas stuff” comes out earlier and earlier—creeping all the way back to early fall.Christmas used to be limited to December, but now we find

What is the Real Meaning of Christmas?

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Submitted by Mariah Manuel, 17, Sri Lanka Also listen…

ODB: Christingle

In the Czech Republic and other places, the Christmas celebration includes “Christingles.” A Christingle is an orange, representing the world, with a candle placed in the top of it to symbolize Christ the light of the world. A red ribbon encircles the orange, symbolizing the blood of Jesus. Four toothpicks with dried fruits are placed through the ribbon into the sides of the orange, representi

ODB: One Silent Night

Simon had emigrated from the Netherlands to the United States. His wife, Kay, and all three of their children had been born in the US. Then Jenny married Roberto from Panama. Bill married Vania from Portugal. And Lucas married Bora from South Korea.On Christmas Eve, as the family gathered for a celebration, they began singing “Silent Night” in their native tongues—a sweet sound indeed for th