Christmas Lessons on Repentance and Redemption from Three Villains

This December, for the first time ever, I read Charles Dickens’s book, A Christmas Carol (free on Kindle). Of course, I've heard the story, but my own eyes have never seen and experienced the rhythm with which Dickens wrote. It reminded me that as much as we try to avoid it, we all have small bits of Scrooge within us. Still, we must remember that God always stands at the window … [Read more...]

Frugal Christmas Planning Starts Today

If you think it’s too soon to be talking about Christmas, please read the following two preamble statements. Preamble #1 – I’ve got kids.  3 months before Christmas is a perfectly appropriate lead time to start talking about Christmas. Preamble #2 – I live overseas.  As my wife has been reminding me, it can take six weeks (or more) to send a package here, so if we want to get something for … [Read more...]

An Essential Guide to Surviving the Hectic Christmas Holidays

Tis’ the season for Christmas parties galore, overbooked activities, and out of town guests. As the Holiday Season gets more and more busy each year, some people wish Christmas came with an opt out feature. Each passing Christmas you might just say Scrooge really wasn’t all that bad.  Surely, in his old age Christmas and the busy holiday season had taken its toll.  Perhaps you want to create … [Read more...]

Debt-Free Christmas | It Can Be Done

Christmas is coming. Last Christmas I was amazed at the number of people who do not have debt-free Christmases.  I guess this couple is ‘normal’ as they celebrated their first debt free Christmas in 10 years. I am a big proponent of thinking and planning ahead.  This is self evident in my post about planning today for tomorrow and my post about beginning with the end in mind. 2008 was a … [Read more...]