What’s in a name?

There’s a funny little scene in Disney’s movie, The Lion King, in which the young lion prince, Simba, has been captured by a band of hyenas.

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Undeserved gifts

According to legend, Nicholas of Myra – the fourth century bishop who inspired the modern-day Santa Claus – is said to have rescued young women from a tragic fate by secretly slipping gold coins through their window so their father could pay a dowry for each of them.

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No fanfare

If you’ve ever been to a popular tourist destination you’ve surely seen the plethora of banners, billboards, and flashing signs that announce that the best of something or another can only be found in this or that shop or restaurant.

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The perfect gift

When it comes to Christmas shopping, most people fall into one of two categories. They either dread shopping and stress over finding the right gift for their loved ones, or they love the process of carefully seeking out that perfect gift for each person on their list.

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Expectant waiting

A mother told her two sons that she was about to bake some homemade chocolate chip cookies for them. They both licked their lips, eyes sparkling at the thought of warm, chewy cookies fresh from the oven.

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Our mighty warrior

There is a story in Exodus of a battle fought between Joshua and the Amalekites, who had come up against the Israelites. As the battle waged on, Moses stood on a mountain with the staff of God raised.

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What’s in a name?

In William Shakespeare’s most famous play, Juliet asks the question, “What’s in a name?”

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Unfailing love

Traditionally, the fourth candle in the Advent wreath symbolizes love. Sometimes, after lighting it, congregations will sing the following refrain…

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An empty spot

According to Polish tradition, when the table is set for the Christmas Eve meal, an extra place setting is always set out so that as the family gathers there is an empty spot at the table.

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The power of light

Have you ever laid in bed in a room that’s completely blacked out with the lights off? A room where it’s so dark you literally cannot see your hand an inch in front of your face. It can be a little unnerving, even disorienting.

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