Has the economic meltdown changed your Christmas plans? Join the crowd! Most of us are coping with less money, scaled back parties and less travel. For some, its a heart wrenching process. Christmas is usually about parties and the giving and getting of presents that when we can't it just doesn't seem like Christmas.
When Christmas dreams meet the hard reality of lost jobs and reduced earnings, it's as if the Grinch has jumped off the TV screen and into our homes.
For others, it's an opportunity to talk about the deeper meaning of Christmas and to rediscover the values of family and friends connecting over a meal and mid-winter activities.
And for an increasing number of people, it's a call to action to find a way to really honor someone's birthday who has been unbelievably generous to us all.
The "Christ" in Christmas is of course Jesus Christ. He's God's gift to us that brings not just love, joy and peace, but also forgiveness, repentance, reconciliation, healing, strength and hope… gifts that every one and every family need more than ever.
Our challenge is to find those gifts in