Category Archives: Christmas

A Manger in the Shadow of a Cross by Betty Mason Arthurs

This year’s Christmas elementary program at our Christian school entertained and touched me. For me, watching children perform is more fun than watching a favorite TV show or taking in a movie. You never know what’s going to happen. Digital … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Darling by Betty Mason Arthurs

Merry Christmas Darling By Betty Mason Arthurs   Are you lonely this holiday season? Have you experienced a loss so devastating you wonder if your heart will ever heal? I don’t have an answer for your grief, but I can … Continue reading

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How to Make It Through Christmas When You’re Depressed by ARHuelsenbeck

Shortly after Carly, my first child, turned a year old, we discovered I was pregnant again. After the initial shock, Greg and I were delighted, looking forward to a new baby in January, and joking that we hoped he or … Continue reading

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Santa and the True Spirit of Christmas…by Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Note: This article was originally written in 1994, published in The Annals of Saint Anne and later in Active Christian News.   A portly man with a white beard, wearing a flannel shirt and suspender-supported blue jeans, pumped gas into … Continue reading

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Diamond Ring and Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs

Diamond Ring and Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs Christmas time brings both happy and painful memories. Today, I share one of a father’s love and his gift. A father kept a memorable gift tucked away in the top drawer of … Continue reading

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My Favorite Christmas Books

At Christmas, I sometimes like to read something that gets me in the Christmas spirit. I’ll share a few of the books that have helped me do that. Mary’s Journal, A Mother’s Story by Evelyn Bence gives life to Jesus’s … Continue reading

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Family Singing at Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs

  Family Singing at Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs Memories of my family and our love of music and singing together, now that my parents and one brother are gone, help to overcome my sorrow of missing them at Christmastime … Continue reading

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