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December 2016 Posts

Christmas and the Christian

Christmas and the Christian

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December 2016

Now that Thanksgiving is officially behind us, the next holiday on the calendar is Christmas. Each year millions, maybe even billions of dollars get thrown after this holiday.

With our words we claim that we’re celebrating the birth of Christ. We do this by eating lavish meals, hosting and attending galas, buying expensive (and inexpensive) toys for ourselves and our children.

But where is Christ in our festivities? Read more...

5 Things You Already Know About Santa Claus

5 Things You Already Know About Santa Claus

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December 2016


Santa Claus died when I was four. The story I was told is that his plane crashed while he was on his way to deliver gifts in the Caribbean.

Previously there would have been little tokens of pencils and notebooks given out in our schools at Christmas courtesy of ‘Santa Claus’. After that year, nothing.

There are children all over the world who have never heard of, much less see Santa. Yet every Christmas the media pushes the myth of Santa Claus that gets ever more elaborate and complicated as the years go by.  Read more...

Why Do We Give Gifts at Christmas?

Why Do We Give Gifts at Christmas?

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December 2016

One of the greatest draws of the Christmas holiday are the gifts. Children go into gift frenzy as they anticipate (and pester parents into giving) the biggest most expensive toy, gadget or whatever it is that the media is promoting as the next big thing.

Couples start shopping for the “perfect” gift and it’s true that some couples will break up during this season. Read more...

Symbols of Christmas: The Evergreen Tree

Symbols of Christmas: The Evergreen Tree

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December 2016

It’s probably the biggest holiday of the year. As Christians we have to learn about the true meaning of Christmas. What do we mean when we say “Merry Christmas?” Or have we joined the majority and taken Christ out of the season that we claim is for him?

Today I want to talk about some of the symbols of Christmas starting with the Christmas tree. Read more...

Sayonara 2016

Sayonara 2016

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December 2016

In a few more blinks 2016 will be behind us and we’ll be smack in the middle of a new year. As I sit here looking ahead I’m filled with apprehension for the future – now usually I get pretty excited at year’s end. But this year I already know I’m on the verge of change and as much as I’ve wished for it in the past now that it’s almost here …. Eeh. But enough about that for now. 

Year In Review 

For now, we spend the last few moments enjoying 2016. I have said goodbye to a few close friends – not in the “see you one the other side” kind of way, but more in the “we’ll meet again” kind of way. Read more...