Finding Meaning in Christmas

[For young teens]

Joyous Christmas! I've always loved decorating the house with greenery and candles, sending and receiving Christmas cards, picking out gifts for family and special friends, doing holiday cooking. Christmas is a happy time.

But one year it didn't seem too happy. In fact, it was a big noisy burden. This is a problem many teen-agers face. Once-loved family traditions seem childish. All the noisy little cousins are boring. Aunt Sara never will realize that only children enjoy playing parcheesi, and anyway all teen-agers get to do at family gatherings is wash dishes.

In our teen years we also begin to include activities in our lives that may keep us away from home at Christmas, such as traveling or going off to winter camp. If "there's no place like home for the holidays," how can we be happy far away from those we love?

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Manliness in Military Service
December 21, 1968

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