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Reaching Out to Christmas

We all know that 2020 has become a mess of unpredictable events disrupting both our global and our personal worlds. A virus called COVID-19 has upended our lives, shut us up indoors, robbed us of income, separated us from loved ones, and restricted our lives outside our homes. Our collective frustration with hatred and intolerance in our communities has run the gamut from peaceful protests to violence in the streets. …
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New Realities of Christmas Shopping

Covid-19 is rewriting the rules of Christmas shopping. With each passing day the usual reminder of “only X shopping days until Christmas” is more relevant than ever. Let’s face it: there are some new realities of Christmas shopping we need to deal with. Nothing with COVID-19 has been predictable. In early June the common thinking was that most areas of the country were emerging from their quarantine. Restaurants and stores …
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Chasing Christmas

I can still remember exactly how it felt on Christmas Eve as a child, when I would go down to my Grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve, along with my Mom and Dad. We would begin the evening by all going to church for the special candlelight Christmas Eve service, and conclude it by all spending the night together at my Grandparents’ house. It seemed absolutely magical as a child, seeing …
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Be Careful Joining an Online Christmas Swap

Online Christmas swaps have become a new tradition in the ever-evolving celebration of Christmas. Folks online swap Christmas cards, ornaments, cookies, gifts and other themed elements of the season as a way of extending traditions of old. But there are perils in the practice. ~ A Cautionary Tale ~ Last year Ken Childs of Jackson, Michigan joined a Facebook Christmas group that offered a Christmas card swap. He says they …
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Introducing The Christmas Hall of Fame

Over the years we have openly mused in dicussion on the Merry Forums — who would we put in a Christmas Hall of Fame? We no longer need to wonder about that question. We can now do something about it. We can approach all the great debates of Christmas and settle them: Who played the best Scrooge? Which is more important, the Angel or the Star? Is Die Hard a …
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Great Ways to Celebrate Leon Day

The celebration of Leon Day is a real thing. Every June 24-25th Leon Day comes around to remind that the year, at last, has turned the corner on Christmas. It’s the halfway mark to Christmas, a kind of merry hump day for those who love the countdown to Christmas. Don’t laugh. Counting down to Christmas is not only a popular thing it’s an ancient thing. Ask any advent calendar follower. …
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Christmas on Social Media

Cecilia Johnson did not mean any harm when she did it. In late November of 2015, as a 9-year-old neighbor boy lay dying of cancer, Cecilia took up the cause of having Christmas cards sent to him. The boy had expressed a desire to fill his walls with Christmas pictures and this seemed a simple task to accomplish. Using her own home address Cecilia took to social media to spread …
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Reaching Out to Serve at Christmas

Christmas represents for many people an ideal time to think of others. Many have time off, some have extra resources and most have a desire to lend a hand at this time of the year. That is one of the keystone message of Christmas. But finding opportunities to serve is not always so obvious for some. We offer something simple, something inexpensive and something nearly everyone can do: send cards …
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Facebook Knows What You Want for Christmas

Facebook knows better than Santa what everyone in your house wants for Christmas – and they are going to make sure you will know what’s on their wish list. It’s a whole new world of creepy advertising. And you made it all possible. When you signed up for Facebook you granted the world’s most prolific website entry into nearly every corner of your life. They know who you are, where …
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The Many Memes of Christmas

Christmas memes have become not only a staple of each holiday season online but they have found a place year round. Christmas, it seems, has memes for every season. There is an entire generation – or two – that does not understand the idea of memes at all. And there is yet another generation that cannot look at anything in life without them. Memes have been the subject of philosophy …
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Christmas Peace

Perhaps no bigger theme will be advanced by us this holiday season than the message of peace. It is a timely subject no matter where you live in the world. In this new video from the LDS Church, which is really a post-Thanksgiving tradition every year, the core message of peace and the need of a Savior is explored. This is beautiful and thought provoking: In a world that further …
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Christmas Haters

There is a whole new generation of Christmas lovers out there and they face things a lot of us older Christmas fanatics have never had to endure: the Christmas Hater. The following video is from a very popular YouTube star, Colleen Ballinger, who is talented, funny and — it turns out — a Christmas lover. She does a variety of musical and comedic stuff on YouTube and I only know …
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Christmas and Star Wars

What in the world has Star Wars got to do with Christmas? Below is one of the most watched Christmas lights videos of the season and it is completely Star Wars themed. We don’t have anything against Star Wars. We loved it. But we fail to see the merry connection. There is nothing about Darth Vader that makes us say, “let is snow”, you know? (All that aside, this video …
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Spread a Little Christmas via The Kringle Project

Is it possible to make the Christmas spirit go viral…offline? That’s the hope and simple mission of something called The Kringle Project. Here’s how it works: Take an ornament, add a tag to it that includes the hashtag #KRINGLEPROJECT, and then hang it somewhere unexpected out in the great wide world. The hope is that someone will find it, take it home, hang it on the their tree and then …