Christmas Traditions Transformed
Dec 21 9:56 AM

Christmas Traditions Transformed

Dec 21 9:56 AM
Dec 21 9:56 AM

For our family, the focus of Christmas was Christmas Eve.  Yes, we shopped for presents, listened to Christmas music, put up a Christmas tree, looked forward to posole and tamales Christmas Eve, spent time with Joan’s family in Albuquerque or mine in Kansas, and opened presents Christmas morning. But, from the time our children were small, we always looked forward to a Christmas Eve church service followed by a family time. That time started with reading...

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Christmas Cards or Prayer Cards?
Dec 15 10:40 AM

Christmas Cards or Prayer Cards?

Dec 15 10:40 AM
Dec 15 10:40 AM

Christmas cards! A sparkly, happy and festive reminder of the people we care about reaching out to us, sharing their news and remembering us during the Holidays. With photos of happy, smiling families or reindeer smiling gaily you may hang them on your tree, a wreath, a swag across the door, or in some other Pinterest-worthy presentation.

The idea is almost antiquated, surpassed by technology, opportunity, and convenience. Yet...

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Christ During Christmas?
Dec 13 4:15 PM

Christ During Christmas?

Dec 13 4:15 PM
Dec 13 4:15 PM

Anyone read “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”? Remember the mayhem of the Christmas pageant? That’s the Malizzos when it comes to traditions. Really. Some of the “traditions” I’ve come up with are fun: stockings, cookie exchanges, making ornaments (what was I thinking? Glitter….enough said), decorating, and Christmas cards. I’m a little tired just thinking about it.

What do my kids remember?

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Christmas Books and Counting Down!
Dec 6 2:09 PM

Christmas Books and Counting Down!

Dec 6 2:09 PM
Dec 6 2:09 PM

Although not as traditional as some, our advent season is filled with family, joy and expectation, just the same. One of our favorite Advent traditions combines Christmas books and a sort of countdown. Being a bookish family, a book-related Advent idea appealed to me immediately. I first heard about it from the lovely Sally Clarkson of MomHeart Ministry fame, but have seen other people share it since then...

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Advent: Your Invitation To An Unforgettable Christmas
Dec 1 9:28 AM

Advent: Your Invitation To An Unforgettable Christmas

Dec 1 9:28 AM
Dec 1 9:28 AM

Have you ever rented a movie because you heard that one particular scene was incredible? When you sat down to watch it, did you fast-forward through everything that occurs prior to the amazing scene, and then shut it off right after you’d watched it? I doubt it...who does that? You’d miss out on so much! You’d have no context for anything that happened in the scene, and would not have any understanding of the depth and complexity behind the events. We don’t do this because...

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