Balancing the Sacred with the Secular at Christmas: Jonathan Jackson + Enation Reflect

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When I interviewed Jonathan Jackson, Richard Lee Jackson, and Daniel Sweatt of Enation a few weeks ago about their album “Radio Cinematic” (photo above), I also referenced the fact that Jonathan performs the classic song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on the new Christmas album from the cast of “Nashville.” While we were on the [Read More...]

How 12 Anonymous Christmas Gifts Brought Healing to a Grieving Family

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The poinsettia and note on her front porch were the beginning of a Christmas mystery that Joanne Huist Smith wouldn’t solve for years to come. They were also the catalyst for the healing process that she and her three kids needed during the most devastating time in their lives. Christmas brings with it the expectation [Read More...]

Why I Still Believe in Santa Claus: A Response to the Santa Haters

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In the classic Bill Murray comedy “Stripes,” there’s a scene in which all the new Army recruits are introducing themselves to each other and to their drill sergeant, Sgt. Hulka. This is one memorable exchange between Hulka and a tightly-wound recruit named Francis: Psycho: [My] name’s Francis Soyer, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of [Read More...]

Last Christmas I Gave You Some Socks, But the Very Next Day You Gave Them Away

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Everybody’s heard the George Michael hit “Last Christmas,” especially during this time of year. Well, Brooke White and Summer Bellessa (a.k.a. The Girls with Glasses) have recorded a parody version of that song, which begins with the lyrics “Last Christmas, I gave you some socks / But the very next day you gave them away.” [Read More...]


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