The Reason We Celebrate Christmas

Blog RSSThe Reason We Celebrate ChristmasI absolutely love the holidays: the family, the food, the atmosphere, the “busyness with purpose…”  Growing up, and with raising my own children, the gifts of the holidays were more an afterthought. Of course, they were bought with thoughtfulness and care, but we always still kept our focus on the actual reasons for the season: togetherness and, most importantly, CHRIST.In our home, we actually celebrated two Christmases: December 5th and December 25th.  December 5th is actually when “gift-giving” Christmas is celebrated in Holland a...
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Going Dutch for Christmas

Blog RSSGoing Dutch for ChristmasI just love the holiday season... the warmth of friends and family, the sense of togetherness and care, that perfect feeling of joy and coziness. In fact, the best way to describe it is "gellezig."Gellezig is a Dutch word that doesn't have a direct English translation, but can best be described as that cozy contentment you get deep inside when life may not be perfect, but everything else somehow just is, that wonderful feeling you may get after eating a wonderful dinner with loved ones or just sitting in front of the fire reading a good book. For me, it's best ...
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