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Holiday Traditions

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Finally, it's December! All day and night there's a frost that lingers. Snow is falling outside and the fire inside warm our homes. It's the most wonderful time of the year! There are many things about this holiday season that bring me joy. From the lights to the carols, 'tis truly a season to be jolly!  I have many memories of great Christmases. Over the years, my own traditions have evolved from childhood to adulthood. I have kept some favorites and created some new ones. As a kid, my favorite holiday tradition was Christmas caroling. I know almost every Christmas...

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A Family Christmas

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With just a few days before Christmas, I can't help but to look around and see all the beauty that surrounds this season. From frost covered tree tops, to the snow covered ground, there is beauty to be seen everywhere you look.  This year the Malabads are spending Christmas in North Muskegon, Michigan. It is beautiful here! The two day drive from Kingman to Muskegon was long and tiring but worth every mile. We passed the hours by listening to classic rock music for dad, Luke. We listened to some Christmas music for mom, Lisa. We listened to an audio...

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The Golden Age of Christmas Music

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I've heard it said that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Okay, maybe it was Buddy the Elf that said this. In any case, this is true. There is no other season that has magic quite like the Christmas season and certainly none that have the wonderful music of our favorite Christmas carols.  Every year around November we start hearing those cheerful melodies that get stuck in our heads until the new year begins. Some may find this annoying. They can only take so much of those repetitive songs. And for others, like...

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My Christmas Magic Evolution

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Today and all my years before Christmas has been a magical time for me.  When I was a little girl that magic revolved around anticipation, baking with mom, our family feast traditions and of course Santa.  As I got older I better understood what magical things we were celebrating for Christmas yet even though we were not the model Catholics I was born to...I did see charity, generosity and sincerity.  The world somehow seemed a bit lifted up.  There were more smiles, more laughs, more family time ...and the tried and true family traditions stayed strong.  I have to thank...

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The Magic of Christmas

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The Christmas season is such a wonderful time of year.  The season of joy and magic!  There are endless possibilities of the ways this magic touches your life. The magic of faith and believing inspires many people to trust in something bigger than themselves, something they could never fully understand.  That faith brings them courage and strength to live their life with kindness and grace.  This time of year our faith is the light that shines for those on these long, cold, winter nights. Faith can mean so many different things to different people.  And sometimes we forget that it's...

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