Christmas Has Different Meanings for All Mankind

The snow is starting to taper off as I watch through the window in my Mom’s house.  Christmas Eve draws to an end as Christmas morning looms near the horizon.  In some way, I wasn’t ready for this holiday season.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t plan for it. Anyhoo, Christmas at home has taken a…

An Imperfect Christmas

The Christmas message this morning at St. John’s Lutheran was simple and understandable:  “there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ Christmas.” Holiday movies such as “The Ref“, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation“, and “Miracle on 34th Street” tries to convey this statement, but in real life, if it isn’t a “perfect” Christmas, it’s a failure. The…

A Story on Sunday Morning Not to Miss

  The holiday season brings a roller coaster of emotions.  Good and bad, joyous and somber.  The stories that shows you the true impact of hope, survival, and faith are the ones that tugs at you. Which is why you should read the Des Moines Register on Sunday, and have a Kleenex box next to…

Black Friday (aka You Won’t Catch Me in the Mall!)

  There are two groups of individuals that cultivate around Thanksgiving:  Black Friday shoppers and regular people.  Okay, that’s a bit harsh.  There are shoppers and then there are people who are unlikely to camp out in front of the mall at 3:00 a.m. waiting to get the best discounts on the face of the…

Holiday Blues

Thanksgiving and Christmas are meant to be a time of celebration, family, and joyous fun.  For some, the holiday season can be melancholy or sad, as loved ones are far away from home, or have passed on.  Not since the Great Depression has there been so much uncertainty and worry heading into the holiday season…