Gifts of the Season: Advent Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

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Advent (meaning “arrival” or “coming”) is a spiritual season of preparation leading up to Christmas, as Christians get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. This season is characterized by personal prayer and repentance along with corporate expressions of anticipation, hope and joy.Of course, another hallmark of this holiday season is the focus on giving.  According to the American Research Group, this year it is estimated that shoppers will spend an average of $854 for gifts, up $200 from l … [Read more...]

Cracker Barrel Salutes Veterans with Month-Long Celebration

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Are you looking for a way to get a head start on your Christmas shopping and support the troops at the same time?  Here is a great initiative that offers you the opportunity to do just that!Cracker Barrel Old Country Store salutes veterans of the United States military, many of whom are guests and employees, with a special month-long celebration of Veterans Day in addition to year round efforts.   From November 1 through November 30, 2012, Cracker Barrel will donate 10% of the retail sales pr … [Read more...]

So, How’d We Do?

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In a private moment some distance from a room delightfully "trashed" with discarded Sally Foster, couches askew, small piles of treasures left untended... we ask the same question every year."So how'd we do?"We're not measuring personal wealth, family status, or how well we made out under the tree compared to last Christmas. And for us, it's not an awkward question which leads to an uncomfortable dialogue filled with either self gratification or loathing. We are a family who feels we've … [Read more...]


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