Celebrate with a child

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. When my friend Everett, who’s five-years-old, came to visit, he told me what he wants for Christmas. He sang the song he’s going to sing at his Christmas performance at preschool. Then, he announced that he wanted to play Duck, Duck, […]

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Take good care of yourself

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. I am not going to tell you anything that you don’t already know. However, when we’re busy buying presents, entertaining and going to holiday parties, decorating your house and cooking, and writing Christmas cards, we all sometimes forget to take care […]

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To diet, or not to diet?

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. When a friend lamented that she would like to lose a few pounds before the end of the year, I remembered the good advice I received years ago from a nutritionist with a Ph.D. It was the winter that my mother-in-law […]

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Remember why you’re celebrating

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. My husband and I were busy preparing our Thanksgiving feast when we realized that Jason, who shares an college apartment with my son, Jay, had never heard the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the pilgrims. It wasn’t a big […]

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Caring for the caregiver

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. During the busy month of December, all of us sometimes feel overwhelmed and exhausted. If you’re someone, like me, who has been busy all year taking care of a family member with health problems, you may often feel overwhelmed and exhausted. […]

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Give a bit of yourself

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. I just received another catalog filled with beautiful things that I don’t need and that my family and friends don’t need either. And, even though it’s still the first part of December, the catalog advised in big letters on the cover: […]

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Make a list

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. Fayteen remembered that she needed to make some changes in her insurance policy before the end of the year. She stopped for a few minutes and made a list of everything she has to accomplish before December 31. She felt relieved. […]

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Slow down

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. The day before Thanksgiving, I made a quick trip to Walmart to stock up on staples like bottled water and soft drinks. I rushed down the aisles, paid for my purchases, pulled my car keys out of my jeans pocket, stowed […]

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Find the quiet center

One Sunday morning recently when I had thought seriously about sleeping in, I arrived in church a few minutes late, but, thankfully, in time to sing these words by Shirley Erena Murray. Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead, Find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where […]

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Listen and focus

One morning when I was walking my dog, Ginger, I saw a neighbor and stopped to talk a few minutes. After she said goodbye and went into her house, I felt a little guilty because I had been talking to my neighbor, but I hadn’t been completely focused on the conversation. Instead, I had been […]

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