We often neglect the season that is Advent because it is easier to focus on the one-day barrage known as Christmas Day.
I have to admit — I am anxious for Christmas to arrive. I relish Christmas parties and Christmas garlands, trees adorned in tinsel, and angels merrily decorating stores and homes. I love the Christmas spirit, so filled as it is with a dedication to giving. Christmas is definitely my happy place in the chronicles of time...
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“Bless them. Change me.” I came across this phrase a couple years ago and try to repeat it to myself whenever someone annoys me, whether it’s another driver on the road, one of my little ones or even my husband (who is — since he’s reading this — normally flawless).
Like most of us, when I was growing up I would occasionally get in trouble. The best consequences were the swift ones – the yell from the parent, the pop on the rear end, or something that didn’t take too much effort to think about. The drawn-out consequences, on the other hand? Those could be torturous. For a person who excels in being both passive aggressive and highly expressive, the drawn-out consequences also gave my parents fodder to lengthen my time in trouble..
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