Christmas

No, Jesus Wasn’t Born To Die (The Part of the Christmas Story We Screw Up)

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail For those of us who grew up in conservative or even moderate versions of Christianity, the Christmas story often begins with a pretty twisted premise: Jesus was born to die. It’s as if the entire purpose of his life was to die. We find this idea in Christmas songs, Christmas sermons, and all sorts …

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Oh, Good Grief: Yes, Jesus Was A Real Historical Figure

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail It’s almost Christmas– one of the holiest days of the year for Christians, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who was called the Christ. But did Jesus even exist? Was he a real historical person? It seems around Christmas or Easter there’s always some agnostic or atheist friends who make the claim that …

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Oh, Lighten Up, Christmas Is NOT a Pagan Holiday.

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail Here’s an interesting factoid: There’s a considerable group of Christians who hate Christmas with the same furor that they hate Halloween. Like, for real. Maybe if you grew up outside the bounds of Christian fundamentalism you’re unaware of this group, but I assure you, they’re out there. Each year around this time my Facebook …

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5 Ways To Contribute to Drama-Free Holidays With Your Opinionated Family

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail So, it’s finally here. The holidays are upon us, and there’s no turning back, and no avoiding them. I don’t know about you, but while I’m looking forward to the holidays, and while I want to be able to look forward to spending time with my family, I’m currently dreading it. Most years I …

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The 10 Weirdest Christmas Gifts I Discovered on the Internet This Year

367 SharesShare367TweetPinShare+1RedditEmail I like to do as much Christmas shopping online as possible– you get to skip the crowds, and stuff is delivered straight to your doorstep. In fact, the ease of online shopping is something I thank the sweet baby Jesus and former Vice President Al Gore for every year. However, there’s a catch: online shopping …

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The Importance Of Reframing The Most Common Question We Ask Kids At Christmas

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail There’s no time of the year more magical, especially for children, than the season of Advent and the coming of Christmas. Even I, a child in an aging body with more grey hair than I had hoped for at this age, continue to experience the magic of Christmas all these years later. It’s true– …

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How To Be A Better Friend To Someone Who Grieves At Christmas

9K SharesShare9KTweetPin7Share+1RedditEmail For some, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year– but that’s not true for all of us. It’s quite likely that out of your mix of friends or church family, there are some in your life who will spend the holidays grieving. Here’s a few ideas as to how you could …

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