Enjoying the beauty of Christmas lights

Enjoying the beauty of Christmas lightsAcross traditions and time, there is a longing for light to brighten the darkness of winter I had a striking visual of light in darkness early one morning this month. A bright light, probably the planet Venus, shone with extraordinary clarity and pierced an otherwise black sky. Given my Christian faith and the time of…

Christmas pantomime a charming holiday tradition

Christmas pantomime a charming holiday traditionThe entertainment imperative trumps ‘authenticity’ every time People raised in North America aren’t usually exposed to the phenomenon of the Christmas pantomime. Some might even think it has something to do with mime, which it most assuredly doesn’t. But those who grew up in Britain or Ireland will have an entirely different perspective. Pantomime –…

Each of us is a mixture of good and bad

Each of us is a mixture of good and badThe divisions we believe exist between us are artificial Christmas is the time of year when human beings put aside their differences and come together. It is difficult to find a truer example of this essence of our character than during the first winter of the First World War. Ordinary soldiers on both sides of…

My Christmas in Zaire was something special

My Christmas in Zaire was something specialThe children taught me to embrace the gift of the moment For many people, Christmas is a favourite time of year, while for others, it is a time of great sadness. Many of us struggle to embrace its true meaning. It has cultural and spiritual significance in pagan and Christian traditions, but these are often…

Silent Night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright

Silent Night, holy night, all is calm, all is brightBing Crosby’s Silent Night is one of the best-selling records of all time Silent Night, probably the most famous Christmas carol of all, will be over 200 years old this Christmas Eve. It was first performed at the parish church in the Austrian village of Oberndorf during midnight mass on Dec. 24, 1818. And, fittingly,…

Teaching kids gratitude at Christmas

Consumerism has become a “big problem” for kids, a roadblock on their way to becoming appreciative and contented individuals

Teaching kids gratitude at ChristmasConsumerism has become a “big problem” for kids Maybe I am romanticizing when I say that the Christmas of my childhood was not about stuff. There were fewer products, less pervasive advertising and no Black Friday sales. A few pages at the back of the Sears Wish Book were the inspiration for visions of sugarplums…

How to make this Christmas a merry and memorable one!

How to make this Christmas a merry and memorable one!Follow these simple steps and you’re sure to have a joyous Christmas every year There are many ways to make Christmas merry and memorable. Unfortunately, nowadays, it is sometimes difficult to feel the joy through the cluttered maze that has become Christmas. Through the years, Christmas has strayed too far from its original purpose and…
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