Posted by Jamie Urbina on Dec 25, 2019 3:48:33 PM


A couple of times while Christmas shopping for my kids I’ve found myself holding something and thinking, “How long will this last?”  

You see, each year my wife will hold an annual household ‘purge’ as we go through toys, clothes, and other things that are broken, outgrown, or long neglected, but for the most part were once brand new Christmas gifts.

Now I’m not ‘scrooging' out on Christmas, but it does bring to mind the one Gift we’ve all been given that never gets old.

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Topics: Holidays, Christmas, Perspective

MEANING IN THE MANGER: Insight into Christmas’ Most Popular Scene

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM


The manger scene is one of the most iconic scenes in the world. It is easily recognizable to people of almost every nation, tribe, and tongue, and though it is a subtle picture, it loudly speaks one word to all who behold it: Christmas.  Whether your nativity set is life-sized or miniature, brand new or passed down, let’s take a moment to pause and consider this well known Christmas scene.

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Topics: Holidays, Christmas, Perspective

Top 10 Christmas Activities for the Family in San Diego

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 6, 2018 4:00:00 PM

There is no doubt that the Christmas season brings joy, excitement, wonder, and gratitude into our lives. However, sometimes the most wonderful time of the year is also fraught with long to-do lists, busy schedules, and stress.  While you may find yourself grasping for more time in each day, remember to take a minute (or two) to invest in the memories that will last long after the lights are taken down and the batteries on the toys run out.  If you are local to San Diego or just visiting for the holidays, here are a few festive things to do with your family that will keep you in awe and wonder this holiday season.

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Topics: Holidays, Family, Christmas, Fun

Presents VS Presence: Making the Most of Your Christmas Season

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 7, 2017 4:30:00 PM

The Christmas season is a very special one. No matter your background or belief system, most people enjoy the twinkling lights, special songs, yummy foods, time spent with family and friends, and of course, presents. There are so many extra fun events, school activities, and holiday parties to attend, and it seems as though the month of December is over before we know. Maybe after it’s all over you look back and think, “What did we really do?,’ or ‘ Where’d the time go?’ People always talk about making room for the important things, like time spent with family and friends, or serving those who may need a little extra help, but how often do we put those good intentions into action? Here are a few practical ways to stay focused on the true reason for the season.

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Topics: Christmas