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Returning Gifts You Don’t Like

Christmas was 2 days ago – have you finished off the leftovers yet? Are the Christmas decorations still twinkling in your house? Have you returned all the gifts you didn’t want?! The week following Christmas should be known as the “Great Exchange” – everyone is digging up those gift receipts and swapping out this for […]

Re-purposing Gifts

Have you ever had to fake your excitement over a Christmas gift? Haha me too! You gave Grandma specific ideas for the kids, and even put stuff in the Amazon cart for your spouse, and you still end up with things that were NOT on your list! Well, it’s sometimes funny when it happens. But […]

Christmas Day

In the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring […]

Reducing Holiday Stress

Do you feel like Christmas gets a little crazy sometimes? over-caffeinated shoppers alone may be enough to make you lose your mind! This time of year can be extremely stressful! But Christmas is supposed to be about the peace that came to us in Bethlehem. About the birth of our holy Savior. Remembering the “true […]

Financial Infidelity

The conversation wasn’t going to be easy, and Danielle was nervous. She needed to be honest with her husband, Todd, about all her debt. She had never told him because she knew he would be stressed and she didn’t want to make him have to pay for her financial past. But Danielle realized her secrecy […]

Spending Time vs Spending Money

Are you one of those shoppers  that spends time finding the best deal or are you one of those that spends money to save time?   My wife loves to hunt for the best sales and won’t make a purchase unless she knows she’s getting the best deal. I’m not quite as committed! But we […]

Expectations vs Reality

11 hours. That’s how long Leslie had spent trying to recreate the perfect Christmas cookies that she had seen on Pinterest. When she began the project, she had a very vivid picture of what they should look like. But her expectations and reality were two different things! Well, I think most of us experience frustrations […]

Merging Christmas Traditions

White twinkling lights, a fake, beautifully decorated Christmas tree, and handmade wrapping paper were the essentials for Andrea’s Christmas decor. Her husband, Robert, on the other hand, liked to go all out with colored lights, a real Charlie Brown Christmas tree, and…he just used whatever shopping bag the gifts came in for wrapping paper. So […]

Avoiding Christmas Depression

It seemed like all Shawn’s kids would talk about – for weeks – were the presents their friends were getting for Christmas. Shawn started to wonder what these kids’ parents must do for a living, because he certainly couldn’t afford to buy his kids the same kinds of gifts! It’s hard trying to live up […]

Top Gifts of the Year

Would you like to know some of the top gifts on Christmas wish lists? I’ll give you a little clue – fidget spinners are not one of them! Adults and kids alike have put the new iPhone, a drone, wireless headphones, and polaroid cameras at the top of their Christmas lists. So with such expensive […]

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