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Something for next year’s stocking

Marcus Roberts | 26 December 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: ageing population, Christmas, Japan


Christmas presence

Sheila Liaugminas | 24 December 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Birth of Jesus, Christmas, humanitarian relief, Nativity, peace


“I don’t make merry myself at Christmas”

Shannon Roberts | 24 December 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Adam Smith, Christmas, over-population


The Christmas tree, a Christian tradition

Michael Durnan | 16 December 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, Christmas
A story of old England and Germany.


The wise men’s gift

Alma Acevedo | 04 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, Christmas, Ephiphany
The traditional Christian feast of the Epiphany offers an abundance of life lessons for those willing to reflect on its meaning.


Three vignettes about Christmas and the Demographic Winter

Jennifer Roback Morse | 26 December 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Christmas, demographic winter, loneliness
We Baby Boomers rationalized having fewer kids by saying we were Saving the Earth. As luck would have it, our ecological religion of smaller families allowed us higher incomes and consumption than we could have had any other way. But we didn’t think through the human reality of that trade-off. Smaller families, more adults living with roommates instead of with families, more loneliness.


What Child Is This?

Sheila Liaugminas | 25 December 2012 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Bethlehem, Christmas, Jesus Christ
That’s the name of a Christmas hymn. But like so many others this year, hymns I’ve heard all my life and I know by rote, it’s striking me as profound.


Merry Christmas!

Marcus Roberts | 21 December 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Christmas
Merry Christmas!


The More the Merrier

Tim Golden | 25 November 2012 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: Christmas, family, humor


Too much Christmas pudding?

Shannon Buckley | 27 December 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Christmas, obesity, South Africa
Late December is traditionally the time when one starts to make resolutions to start eating healthily again after the food packed days that have come before. Or perhaps we can put it off for just a few more days – early January perhaps? In any case, according to the The Economist it is no longer just the Western world whose waistlines are widening.


7 reasons why “Merry Christmas” will always beat “Season’s Greetings”

Michael Cook | 20 December 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christmas
Don’t let Grinches steal your Christmas by substituting meaningless slogans.


Just don’t smash it, Dave

Joanna Bogle | 20 December 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christmas, David Cameron, UK
The British PM defends Christianity but it's deeds that matter in the end, not words.


Perpetual adolescence goes on display in San Francisco

Paul Adams | 16 December 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: adolescence, childhood, Christmas, US
In America's capital of the weird breaking the world record for naked Santas is no big deal. But it says a lot about the death of childhood.


Lost Books and Small Miracles

Jennifer Minicus | 10 February 2011 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: Christmas, classics, fairy tales, historical fiction


Christianity celebrates

Sheila Liaugminas | 25 December 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Christianity, Christmas

The news stories continue to trot out about individual atheists and other anti-Christians bringing lawsuits against any public symbol of the faith. "They keep chipping away, one manger scene or cross at a time, but can you imagine them shutting this down in the next decade or two?" worried my husband, as we enjoyed the magnificent Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert. "No worries," I said. "It has endured over 2000 years. It's not going away."



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