Researchers are now catching up to what many Christian leaders have preached forever – relationships are more valuable to one's well-being than material things.
As Christmas (the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ) approaches and the heat from the internal pressure cooker for many to buy, buy, buy is rising, now is a great time to think about priorities as spelled out by this article in the Huffington Post: 6 Reasons Why People – Not Things – Will Make You Happier.
One of the six reasons that looking to the material to make you happy is wrong, as reported in HP, is that focusing too much on money could be bad for your marriage. more >>
Black Friday marks the official start of Christmas shopping season. Unfortunately, there's always that one present under the tree you wish you hadn't received. The ugly sweater from Aunt Bertha that itches or the gym membership implying that Santa thinks you're fat (talk about the pot calling the kettle black). And then, under every American's tree this year, is the gift that keeps on giving, from the taker who keeps on taking: The President's present of Obamacare.
On the first day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: Higher medical costs. The biggest reason for the rise in the price of modern health care is the cost of modern medicine, including medical devices like MRI machines that can cost over a million dollars. Obamacare, in its infinite wisdom, puts a special tax on medical devices. It's a cost that will undoubtedly be passed on to the consumer. Thanks, Obama!
On the second day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: A more powerful Internal Revenue Service. Everyone's favorite government workers are the tax collectors – as popular now as they were in Biblical times – and so we can be grateful this Christmas that Obama put them in charge of much of Obamacare. My fellow conservatives can sleep easy knowing that the IRS has at least never played politics with its power. more >>
First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia received a special delivery at the White House on Friday: an 18.5 ft Christmas tree.
The First family, including dogs Sunny and Bo but minus President Obama, welcomed the Douglas fir, which was grown in Pennsylvania, at 11 a.m. in the North Portico.
"We're honored to have it," Mrs. Obama said Friday during a brief ceremony. "This is the best part of the holiday season when our tree comes." more >>
A national organization that promotes nontheism erected an "A," which stands for "atheist" and "agnostic," in Chicago's Daley Plaza on Tuesday near the place where a life-sized Nativity scene will be set up later this week.
The light-up "A" is more than eight feet tall and was placed there by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the group's Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, according to an FFRF press release.
The symbol stands next to a banner that depicts the Bill of Rights in a manger and shows Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and the Statue of Liberty looking at the document with adoration. The image also shows an emblem shining on the Bill of Rights that says, "Freethought: Secular Government." more >>
Sometimes it can appear that where there is a calendar day, there is a holiday of some kind. Observances can range from the solemn Memorial Day to the not-so-solemn Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Not all holidays are equal, with a small number being nationally, religiously, or ethnically significant; some involve the government closing down for the day while others do not.
Through it all, Thanksgiving has held its own as a much beloved American holiday. Taking place on the last Thursday in November, for many, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. more >>
Every year Christian rock band Switchfoot releases a special holiday package to give their fans a significant discount on merchandise for Christmas.
Most years the band will put out an exclusive album or DVD just for this occasion, and this time around fans will be able to get their hands on the Backstage EP #2, a digital followup to the first one last year.
"This year's Backstage EP was recorded in a backstage bathroom (awkward?) in Lubbock, TX. It doesn't get more 'backstage' than that! It was actually chosen for its fine acoustics, and as awkward as the recording process might have been, we think it turned out sounding pretty great. If you listen carefully, you can even hear the janitor walk in on the session. I've never seen someone leave the room so quickly," said bass player Tim Foreman. more >>