Navigating the Stress of Christmas

Navigating the Stress of Christmas

“Never again!”   Two words I think of often this time of year.   Never again!  Forget the mall. I am shopping for Christmas gifts online next year! Never again!  Did we need all these Christmas cookies? Never again!  Next year we are staying home and relaxing! Never again!  Do...

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Valuing Traditions During the Holidays

Valuing Traditions During the Holidays

​The Holidays are full of family, religious, and cultural traditions because our human nature finds comfort in consistency and repetition.  When a family or individual converts to Orthodoxy, there can be a ripple effect; extended family members have to adjust to new or lost family traditions.  Allena Barbato, a licensed...

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