banishing the picture perfect Christmas

These are the stories of the not-so-picture perfect Christmas. Real family stories happen in the thick of Christmas too. Five minutes before we left for Christmas Eve service, all spiffed up in our best, we pulled the sofa table away from our new custom sofa to grab a family pic before heading out the door.…

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what Scrooge teaches us about giving & why we have to do it

One of our kids made a case for the existence of Santa: Dear Mommy, Santa is real because the FBI told me so, and because who else would put the Santa present under the tree; and somebody has to live in the North Pole. Compelling arguments. I like to think he is real too. Someone that…

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tis the season: ten steps to simplify Christmas

Top five things you don’t want to hear your kiddos say that’ll surely not simplify Christmas… 5. Mom I need a reindeer outfit for the pageant…tomorrow. 4. I told Santa I want a Saint Bernard. 3. I’m wrapping your present. I can’t get him to hold still. 2. I told the Pastor you’d direct the…

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How to Build Your Own Christmas Traditions

Create your own traditions. Who wants turkey for Christmas? I ask. Nobody. Huh, I kinda like a turkey with stuffing. But since we do turkey at Thanksgiving, we can try something different at Christmas. Everyone prefers beef. We are Alberta-born and raised, so a thick cut of red meat satisfies the taste buds: a prime rib all…

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