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Quality Family Time: Why It Matters

For our family, Christmas vacation has always afforded us the luxury to take a "time out" and enjoy some activities as a family that we wouldn't normally take the time for during a year that's packed with school, homework, church, sports, and other commitments.

Whether it's playing games, taking a hike, or heading to the beach (yes, we can do that in Southern California during December!), we enjoy quality time as a family and I believe that it strengthens and bonds us together as we refocus for the New Year ahead. 

And this month on "Family Facts ...

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Trivia: "Merry Christmas / The Music"

Chipmunk SongTaken from famous Christmas songs . . . see if you know these answers!

1 - Who was seated when the sleigh was upsot?

2 - What was Alvin's Christmas request?

3 - Which of Santa's team are named as he comes down SC Lane?

4 - Who kept time for the small percussionist?

5 - Name the pretend preacher in the snow-covered meadow.

6 - According to Mr. Martin, what's on the highest bough?

7 - What are the tidings exhorted to happy men?

8 - How many boats arrived on 12/25 according to song?

9 - What tree, of all those in the wood, bears the ...

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A Choice to Love

At Christmas time, our thoughts go quickly to love . . . it's the time of year when we think of those dearest to our hearts. 

Then there are those unexpected loves of our lives . . . the times when we have "A Choice to Love."

"When I look at him, I've never seen anything but the love of my life . . . this beautiful baby that I love so much." Liz Carl, who made an adoption plan after being raped at age 17.

"As a kid, I remember really struggling with this terrible thing that happened to my mom.  I wouldn't want ...

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Christmas Maniacs and Idiots

Crazy DriverI recall someone observing that, in life, there are three types of people behind the wheel:  maniacs, idiots and good drivers.

Here's how they break down: maniacs drive faster than you, idiots drive slower than you and good drivers maintain your speed (but aren't nearly as gifted drivers as you are).

That reality came to mind in the middle of a Costco parking lot today.  I was making a quick run for the $1.50 dog & drink deal when it was confirmed: the holiday idiots and maniacs are now out in full force.  And with a shortened fuses ...

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Last week, our family received a package in the mail from a friend that included a Christmas ornament with the word Emmanuel in scripted gold letters.  What a beautiful "welcome" that brought as we look forward to this Christmas season, and it will serve as a reminder to remember the reason for our celebration.

On a recent "BreakPoint®" commentary, speaker Eric Metaxas talked about the season of Advent saying that "for the Christian, Advent is about preparing to greet our King.  And it is a time for both looking back to Jesus' first coming and looking forward to His second ...

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A Mercy-filled Christmas

ChristmasMercy may be described as showing compassion or forgiveness towards someone when they don't warrant it.

Isn't that the foundation of Jesus' time on earth? Our whole faith, really. God has forgiven our sins, loves us unconditionally and welcomes us with open arms into His Kingdom. Christmas is the purest expression of God's mercy towards us - his son Jesus, here on this earth. Born to live and die, to restore, heal and lift up.

Mercy Ships® is taking on the message of Jesus, and the true meaning of showing compassion, everyday while in port. They are offering ...

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