Facilitating Christmas

I am surprised every year as I talk to children of all ages around the holidays about how they do and don’t experience Christmas... I’m surprised about the entitlement that has swept through the culture of children today.  But I’m not surprised about how the two correlate.

First of all, we believe it is very important for your family to be about giving this season.  We think it is a fantastic opportunity for kids to be a part of what Christmas looks like walked out…

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Facilitating Christmas

I am surprised every year as I talk to children of all ages around the holidays about how they do and don’t experience Christmas.  I’m surprised about the entitlement that has swept through the culture of children today.  But I’m not surprised about how the two correlate.

First of all, we believe it is very important for your family to be about giving this season.  We think it is a fantastic opportunity for kids to be a part of what Christmas looks like walked out…at soup kitchens, sponsoring and buying gifts for a family...

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An Evening in December Highlights

Although it's been called "One of Nashville's favorite Christmas events" by a local newspaper, Evening in December is more than just an event...It is a night for Daystar friends and special guests to come together in support of Daystar, have dinner, and listen to carols sung by their favorite artists... 

It was a beautiful night at the Loveless Barn.  This year we were thrilled to welcome Buddy GreeneAshley ClevelandTricia WalkerMusic City StringsDeana Carter, and other special guests to our stage!

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A Non-Anxious Stocking Stuffer

“I hide my stress ball in my coat for school and squeeze it whenever I get nervous.  It really does help.”  

A freshman in high school showed me the ball she had, literally up her sleeve, last week in counseling.  I told her she was brilliant.  As you may know, anxiety is a childhood epidemic in America today and we are seeing evidence of this daily in the families walking through our doors.  Anxiety is at an all time high and coping skills are at an all time low.  Kids just don’t have them.  And so we celebrate any opportunity to help kids find their way to things that can help alleviate their stress.  Stress balls is one…

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Merry Christmas from Melissa, David and Sissy!

We wanted to share this reminder with you from Henri Nouwen…

 

"God came to us because he wanted to join us on the road, to listen to our story, and to help us realize that we are not walking in circles but moving towards the house of peace and joy.  This is the great mystery of Christmas that continues to give us comfort and consolation: we are not alone on our journey.  The God of love who gave us life sent his only Son to be with us at all times and in all places, so that we never have to feel lost in our struggles but always can trust that he walks with us.

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Technology Tuesday: Kringl....A 'Won't Believe It 'til You See It' App This Christmas!

Okay…we’ll admit it.  Many of our Technology Tuesday’s are a little scary.  They’re filled with app alerts and statistics on all that your children are being exposed to.  They’re enough to make even Santa’s cheeks turn red.

But this one is different!  It’s one of our favorite Technology Tuesday’s to date!  We recently heard about an app called Kringl.  It’s free on the app store.  And it is one where you film your living room and this magical app sets Santa right in the middle of your video…

 

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What Do Santa Claus and Victoria’s Secret Models Have in Common?

Not long ago, we released a book titled Intentional Parenting.  It’s full of stories of some of the wise, responsive, intentional parents we’ve had the opportunity to sit with over the years. 

In the book, we introduce a concept called learning through observation - how we can pay attention to the words and actions of people around us.  For example, if we see coverage in a publication or the daily news that highlights an individual acting courageously (or foolishly).  What can we take away from their experience?   Sometimes it’s a friend or classmate of one of our kids who makes a daring or destructive decision.  How can we learn from that? 

Recently, I heard a story about an intentional mom in our community.  She took her young children to the mall to meet Santa Claus and have their photo taken with him.  She established her place in line amidst the masses and then heard her son say “Mommy, why is that woman wearing her bathing suit in the winter?”  continue reading

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Facilitating Christmas

I am surprised every year as I talk to children of all ages around the holidays about how they do and don’t experience Christmas.  I’m surprised about the entitlement that has swept through the culture of children today.  But I’m not surprised about how the two correlate.

First of all, we believe it is very important for your family to be about giving this season.  We think it is a fantastic opportunity for kids to be a part of what Christmas looks like walked out…at soup kitchens, sponsoring and buying gifts for a family, anything where they get to experience, not just hear the true meaning of Christmas. Continue Reading

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Highlights from "Evening In December"

Although it's been called "One of Nashville's favorite Christmas events" by a local newspaper, Evening in December is not just an event. It is a night that Daystar friends and special guests come together, have dinner and listen to carols sung by their favorite artists. 

What a beautiful night it was. Here are some highlights... READ MORE

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Swinging From The Christmas Lights: Part 1

Which Christmas movie best describes the scene in your home? 

Miracle on 34th Street?

 A Christmas Story? 

What about Christmas Vacation? 

Or maybe the season starts with the warmth and peacefulness of It’s a Wonderful Life and quickly disintegrates to the chaos of Home Alone?

Regardless of who is hanging (or swinging from) the Christmas lights at your house this moment, we’d like to help you get back to the peace, hope and joy that the season is meant to be about.  We’d like to help you enjoy the holidays... READ MORE

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