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What to do when kids want high-tech toys

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“All of my friends got an iPad from Santa. Why didn’t I get one?” My then 6-year-old pointedly asked me this ques...

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How to fight back when greed grabs hold of your kids at Christmas

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I don’t know about you, but this time of year seems to create little gimmie monsters of our normal, mostly kind and thankful children. An...

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How to have fun without regrets at the company Christmas party

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‘Tis the season for holiday parties. Depending on who you work with, your office party is either an event to look forward to or on...

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How to save your sanity (and your wallet) this Christmas

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For many people, Christmas can teeter between being the happiest and most stressful time of year. From decorations and parties to finding...

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Watch the Christmas story amaze your kids

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Have you ever tried to imagine what Jesus' birth was like? Gather your family and friends and see the story of Christmas unfold!...

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You don’t have to make everyone happy this Christmas

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Tears — on Christmas day. Even though my daughter had opened more presents than she could count, she hadn’t opened a tablet....

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How to find your family’s Christmas traditions

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By the time Christmas arrives each year, I've already been counting down for weeks. The lights, the sounds, the songs, the hustle and...

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Everything you need to know about Advent

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Ever notice that just planning and preparing for a vacation can make an otherwise ordinary day seem brighter?  You’re not imagining...

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When two become one, Christmas does, too

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Tradition. My husband and I realized the weight of this word during our first Christmas together.  Where would we go? How would we c...

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Promises for people who are homesick at Christmas

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Not long ago, a college student asked me with total earnestness, “Does saying goodbye to your family ever get easier?” Havi...

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Feeling down? How to make it when the days aren’t merry or bright

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The merry-go-round of lyrics that inhabit our minds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve is in full swing. For many, Christmas is a ...

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How to give the best Christmas gifts ever

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Each Christmas, I spend hours upon hours looking for the perfect gift for each person on my list.  After I got married, the pressur...

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