Good Grief, Vince Guaraldi!

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As my beloved Peanuts characters would say, “Good grief!” The Christmas season is upon us, and due to the way things fall on the calendar this year, Advent is very compressed. Feels like there’s even more to get done in a smaller amount of time! There’s nothing like Linus to keep us focused on the … Continued

Thanksgiving Menu: Pilgrim-Style

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It’s hard to believe it’s November already, particularly since it was a beautiful, warm day today in New England. While I know what’s coming, at least for now it’s a treat to have had the windows wide open all day! Thanksgiving seems to lose more ground every year as the Christmas shopping season starts earlier … Continued

Foliage…On Deck!

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This time of year means only one thing for me…foliage! As a nature photographer based in Northern New England, I greatly anticipate the onset of autumn each year. The annual “show” in New Hampshire (and the White Mountains in particular) is one of the greatest you’ll see anywhere. Many of the products at The Christian … Continued

Labor Day Quiz – Bible Style

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As Labor Day weekend begins, I thought it might be fun to take a look at occupations in the Bible. Let’s see how well we know what various people did for a living! (Answers appear below.) King David started his working life in what occupation? (1 Samuel 16:11-13) What was the first occupation mentioned in … Continued

Thoughts on Volunteerism and Service Appreciation

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Volunteerism. It’s extremely important to any church, small or large. Without volunteers, it would be difficult or impossible to operate many programs or initiatives…and might even make it impossible to operate at all. Not only is it important to give everyone in the church family an opportunity to serve by helping them identify their spiritual … Continued

Fireworks and the WOW Factor

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I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of low explosive pyrotechnic devices. You know, fireworks! I’ve been known to sit patiently for hours with one million-plus other fireworks lovers, waiting to see big city Independence Day displays. However, my “bucket” list still includes the largest, biggest, and best display the U.S. … Continued

Godparents…The Rest of the Story

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Here at The Christian Gift, our personalized keepsakes for Godparents are some of the most popular items in the store. That got me thinking about baptisms, baptism traditions and baby names. For starters, what’s the story behind Godparents? As we know, they’re not referenced in the Bible…. The idea of Godparents – or sponsors – … Continued

Help is on the Way

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With May Day comes memories of picking a bouquet of dandelions and, if they were in bloom, Lily of the Valley, and carefully arranging them in a little homemade basket woven from strips of construction paper. I’d hang the basket on the front door of our house, ring the bell, then run and hide – … Continued

Erin Go Bragh!

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They say we all have a little bit of Irish in us on March 17th….so for some fun let’s take a closer look at the day and the man for whom it’s named. The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick was of course a real person. Born at the end of the fourth century in … Continued

On Bibles…

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Ask people about their Bibles and you might get some passionate responses! Even if there are multiple copies in the house, a person typically has a favorite…the copy that they almost always reach for. For one, it might be a translation that they prefer. For another, maybe it’s a well worn Bible full of notes … Continued