Connecting with true Christmas peace

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It’s Christmas time again, and the air is thick with commercialism. Each year the Yuletide spirit comes earlier and the demands increase. With the parties to attend, gifts to buy, and family members to entertain, Christmas can feel far from a spiritual time of year.

One particular Christmas I was living in a new city away from friends and family. I had just graduated from college and was working as a teacher. As you can imagine, my financial situation was pretty humble with a modest teaching salary and college loans to repay. Yet, living simply was normal for me. In fact, during college I opted to use the school computers so I could save some money. But now it was time for me to bite the bullet and buy my own.

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