holidays

Ahh, busyness . . . sneaks up on you doesn’t it? Especially this time of year. Caught me off guard and I’m a bit overrun by cookies, carols and Christmas cheer to pause and post something fresh. So . . . please accept my apologies and this repost from The Culture Blend. Merry Christmas to […]

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9 Ways to Make the Most of Christmas Abroad

by Rachel Pieh Jones on December 18, 2017

Christmas abroad can be lonely. It can also be delightful. Here are some things my family has learned over the years that help to make our holiday season special. Stuff shmuff. The cheaply made but expensive toys break. The box sent from the US arrives late, like next October late (which, in truth, can be […]

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Your kids aren’t going to remember what you get them for Christmas. They’re just not. At least I don’t. My mother died when I was a teen, my dad when I was in my early twenties. And when I think of the holiday seasons with them, I remember them. I don’t remember their gifts. I […]

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The Signs of Christmas

by Chris Lautsbaugh on December 24, 2013

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What are the signs which point to Christmas coming? In every culture there are different visuals which alert us to the coming of this holiday season. When I first moved to South Africa, Christmas snuck up on me because I did not see the normal American signs. Once I learned the new signs, I could […]

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Celebrate and Vacate

by Angie Washington on August 12, 2013

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Today is my daughter’s Golden Birthday: 12 on the 12th! Yeah for Gabrielle! So today’s A Life Overseas post is dedicated to celebrations… and vacations! Celebrate the small stuff! Celebrate the big stuff! Don’t let the work take up so much room that you “don’t have (make) time” for: celebrations, travel, relaxing, fun, vacations, parties… […]

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Traveling Missionaries

by Chris Lautsbaugh on May 14, 2013

Being a missionary carries a great cost, but does have some benefits. It is not all doom and gloom, complete with vows of poverty and poor fashion choices for clothing. In today’s day and age it is easy to benefit from one aspect of the missionary life. Frequent travel. The nature of missions involves being […]

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Merry (Tacky) Christmas

by Laura Parker on December 24, 2012

This Christmas Eve, I’m remembering another Eve not so long ago which was spent in flip-flops and not snowboots, with skype and not flesh-and-blood. And this season, as I pray for you, my friends who are living internationally, I will ask that your holidays be rich with the love of Jesus– even if you are […]

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Sunday’s Inspiration

by Editor on December 23, 2012

The histories of hymns fascinate me. I feel connected to the flesh and blood humans who poured their life into words we let our lips form to lift our spirits. My favorite Christmas carol is no exception. Here is the story from good ol’ wikipedia: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” first appeared in 1739 in […]

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