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Christmas in (the Heart of) Dixie

Everywhere has certain holiday traditions and events associated with Christmas, and Alabama is no exception. Whether you’re new to the South, just visiting, or live here full time, there is no denying the details that make an Alabama Christmas its own. • No Chance of Snow: Instead of a white Christmas, we usually get stuck with rain and tornado-rate temperatures.…

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Santa Baby

Christmas is coming and two words are heard in every home: Santa Claus. Hopefully “Baby Jesus” is also heard in many homes, but sadly apart from church and individual households, these words are not as advertised as the jolly old dude in red duds. I have never told my three-year-old son “Santa is watching” (though I threaten him with “Jesus…

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Bringing Generations Together Over the Holidays

One of my favorite holiday memories is helping my mother and grandmother cook for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Before I got married, I would spend the night before each holiday with my mom and do all the little prep work and washing, since they were the real cooks. Now I still like to come by sometime that week and help with…

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Giving Out of Your Abundance

With the holidays now in full swing, everyone is focusing on giving. I personally think giving should be an ongoing attitude that lasts all year, but even the stingiest of people seem to give at the year’s end (even if it’s more for a tax write off than charity). If you’re like me, you might feel guilty every time you…

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Teaching Your Child About Easter

I am increasingly amazed at how easily my two-year-old son can learn. What amazes me the most is his memory. It seems a little scary sometimes all the little details he picks up on, from what Mickey Mouse said in a cartoon to our mannerisms. At the same time, this encourages my husband and I that he is capable of…

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What Xmas Really Means

We’ve all heard the protests against any company, person or publication that uses the forbidden “Xmas.” Everyone assumes they intentionally take Christ out of Christmas, and so did I for most of my life. As a young girl, I remember my mom having a shirt that read, “Without Christ, Christmas is just a mess.” Then as a young adult, I…

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Cutting Down on Holiday Stress

I would loved to have entitled this entry “Eliminating Holiday Stress,” but that would be a big, fat lie and virtually impossible. With shopping, cooking, family, friends, work, events, etc., not all the Hallmark movies and eggnog in the world could make up for the inevitable stresses brought on this time of year. My husband and I were talking last…

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