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Rachel’s Weeping, and the Messiness of a 2020 Christmas

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We don’t tend to think of dark things at Christmas. We think of light and joy; a content baby in a manger, who doesn’t even cry. (I always questioned that line in Away in a Manger.) Everything is sweet, happy, calm, and like a Hallmark movie. That’s what we think of when we think of Christmas. But 2020 has been anything but bright. A day ago, I saw a news station’s recap of 2020, and looked like...

11 Simple Ways to Celebrate Christmas During a Pandemic

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My hopes of having a good holiday season this year weren’t that high. Because COVID has made 2020 stressful, isolating, and hard to navigate, I had my doubts that Christmas would be as enjoyable as other years. I didn’t expect to have a wonderful time because Christmas during a pandemic couldn’t be as special, right? In spite of such a hectic year, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to be savoring...

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The Savior – A Christmas Poem

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Our precious Savior, asleep in a manger, One day would heal those who suffered great pain. One day, He’d show crowds the way out of danger. One day, they’d see the reason He came. This precious babe that was cradled by Mary Would one day sip from the cup of God’s Will. He’d endure the torture none other would carry For many ages and until this day still. Our precious...

Must Watch CHRISTMAS Movies

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As Christmas is just around the corner, I thought I’d bring you a list of must watch Christmas movies for your holiday season! These are films that are great to watch anytime, but especially fitting for the month of December. I’ll give you my list of films and present a few thematic talking points to jumpstart your discussions, as well as info on where to watch the full movie, hyperlinks in the...

7 Gift Ideas Every Rebelutionary Teen Will Love

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Unless you’re one of those early Christmas shoppers who have all their presents wrapped by Thanksgiving, Christmas gifts are probably on your mind right now. We all have special items we want to purchase for our family and friends and maybe a wish list of our own. If you’re stuck on what to give to the teens in your life, need some ideas on gifts that are both meaningful and fun, or want to give...

3 Lessons In Joy I Learned From Christmas Music

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I used to be one of those people who looked down on people who started listening to Christmas music before December. They seemed crazy to me. But this year, I started listening to Christmas music long, long, before December. Whether it was the sentiment or novelty of Christmas getting to me, or an unspoken and thankless desire to rush through the last months of 2020, I think there’s something to...

8 Ways to Focus on Beauty This Christmas

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2020 has been tough. COVID-19, riots, the election, possible voter fraud…I could go on and on. No doubt about it – things have been insane. Frankly, everything going on has made me stress, and I’m sure most of you feel the same way! So, I have a challenge for you this holiday season: I believe this is particularly important to do once in a while so we may thank God for those...

Christmas Doesn’t End on December 26th

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Christmas can seem to come and go so fast. It seems that we barely bought our Christmas tree, named it (if you’re like me), and decorated it before its pine needles start to go a little dry and its nearly time to say goodbye. But I’m wondering this year—what if we viewed Christmas not just as a season but as the beginning of a rescue story? Because Christmas truly was only the beginning of the...

Christmas Isn’t the Beginning–or the End

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Editor’s note: Throughout the years, TheReb has published thousands of articles, each challenging and encouraging Rebelutionaries to do hard things and seek God. But among these posts, some have especially resonated with you, our readers. So over the next few weeks and months, we’re bringing back these classics, reposting our most popular and well-read articles. May they encourage and...

Hope for the Grieving Heart this Christmas

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Christmas is a joyful time of memories and laughter, but for so many others, it’s a time of deep pain and grief. What should we do when there is an empty chair at the table? What about when the laughter is so much quieter and the beloved presence is gone? What then? In August, just four months ago, my grandfather died tragically. My life was forever changed from that day on. These last few...

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