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10 Surprising Lessons from “A Christmas Carol”

Isn’t the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge really what God seeks in us all?

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A Slightly Merry Crisis Psych Christmas Story

‘Twas the night I had to send a lady into rehab and ring the Salvation Army bell in her place.

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What Exactly Was the Star of Bethlehem?

Only one astronomical body matches Matthew’s description of the Star perfectly — a comet.

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10 Ways to Survive a Blended Family Christmas

As a divorcee who remarried into a Hindu family, I know all about fighting Christmas anxiety.

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14 Books You Should Give as Gifts This Holiday Season

If you’re hunting for books of faith, spirit, and significance for Christmas or Hanukkah, look no further.

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10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Chanukkah

Is it Chanukkah . . . or Hanukkah? What’s with the jelly donuts? Why eight nights? And more.

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The Mystery of the Manger

Have you ever considered what a strange sign the manger-crib really was?

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Let’s Transform Thanksgiving . . . Into Stranger Day

Save the comfortable for Christmas. Take a risk this Thanksgiving. 

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Why We Shouldn’t Keep Christ in Christmas

We should look to Jesus’ example of humility before we try forcing His message onto the world.

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Why I Hate Hypocrisy, Injustice, and People Who Leave Up Christmas Decorations

Is a dead wreath the kind of message Jesus wants to send?

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How to Deal with Grief at Christmastime

Four tips for dealing with loss during the holidays.

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Should We Stop Lying to Our Kids About Santa Claus?

The pros and cons of the most wonderful lie of the year.

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Gift This, Not That: A Gift-Giving Guide for Your Pastor

Don’t add to your pastor’s surplus of Christian bookstore paraphernalia — try these gifts instead.

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Let’s Stop Bashing These 5 Christmas Traditions

Material things can become tangible reminders of the intangible realities of love and grace.

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Quiet Reflection vs. Holiday Hustle: The Tension of Creating Christmas

Santa is not the only pretend part of Christmas.  

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How Christmas Lost Its Soul

Christmas is a chance to showcase the best of Christianity. Instead, it vomits up the worst.

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10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Christmas

A Christmas historian shares some facts about what the holiday is, what it isn’t, and what it was.

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7 Things Not to Say to the Atheist in Your Family

These tips should help make family visits more pleasant for everyone.

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Why Christmas Makes You Go Into Debt and Donate Money

For both retailers and non-profits, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

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How Cancer Gave My Ministry New Meaning

In moments like these you realize it isn’t about you, but magnifying Christ and his story of rescue.