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Kindness Changes Everything

Kindness makes all the difference. Christmastime brings with it traditions, surprises, special gatherings and beautiful blessings… About 22 years ago, a group of ladies gathered to give an abused woman a gift shower to help her in settling into a new, safer life. Every year since then, I’ve received a Christmas card and update from this sweet lady. Her life hasn’t been easy, but she shares with me how this year  was for her, assuring me that she’s getting on…

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Advent Season Greenery and Traditions

When we think about Christmas time, sweet remembrances and beautiful touches of gatherings past often come to mind. Years later, memories of special moments continue to evoke feelings of warmth and grace. In addition to friends and family coming together to enjoy memory-making occasions, sights, sounds, and scents further enhance these meaningful times. As essential elements, these components are most often associated with celebrations and special dishes of this glorious season.   Many of these practices, decorations, and dishes can be…

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When does Advent start?

Advent is observed by Christians as a season of spiritual preparation and waiting for the coming (or birth) of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Traditionally, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day or the Sunday closest to November 30, depending upon how the dates fall in a calendar year. This year Advent begins on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Every year, as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birthday (Christmas), decorations and symbols adorn homes, churches and public displays. Christmas trees,…

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