Oh Come Let Us Adore Him… Year-Round!

We sat around the table in the noisy cafe, hearts open and words pouring out. “I don’t know,” one of them said, wrapping her hands around her the mug of tea in front of her. “It just seems like it’s easy to lose the wonder of being married to the man of your dreams. I mean, not that he’s any …

For the Busy Mom: A Special Invitation This Holiday Season

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and everywhere I turn there’s a tide rising of commotion, preparation, and pinning. There are the gift idea boards and the yummy-stuffed turkeys, the recycled card box projects and the perfect family pose for greeting cards. Don’t forget the 1,845 cookie recipes, exactly 395 of which are gluten-free. And then the avalanche …

How to Feel Awe and Wonder Again on Christmas Morning

In the middle of playing patty-cakes, my toddler stops short, awe and wonder written on her face, lips pursed in rapt attention, eyebrows knitted, finger stretched to the sky. And then I hear it: a plane buzzing overhead. A grin spreads wide across her face as the sound grows louder, her arm unwavering until the plane’s engines are drowned out by …

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How to Reclaim the Joy of Christmas

“Are you excited for Christmas?” I ducked my head, suddenly interested in the specks at the bottom of my mug of passion fruit tea. As the silence drew long, I finally met her gaze. No use hiding, I thought to myself. “Not really,” I admitted. Her eyebrows shot up, but her eyes softened. “Why is that?” she asked. I took …

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25 Simple Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful

For the last few years, I’ve been on a mission to redeem Christmas. Not from over-commercialization or de-Christianization, but from bad memories. For me, the Christmas season carries a heavy load of memories about arguments over tree toppers, disappointments because I didn’t get someone “the perfect gift,” and general ill-feelings that I’ll never measure up. I’d venture a guess that …