The Power of Superheroes

The gift of an action figure doll, whether it was male or female, was generally inconsequential to the imaginative storylines that developed during the years of boyhood and girlhood.  Despite the accessories and clothing choices, action figures became more exciting once they possessed a computerized suit or magically enhanced powers.  The domestic lifestyle changed to […]

Around-the-World Holiday Treats

BY LAUREN SEPHTON Candy canes, figgy pudding, peppermint bark, and gingerbread men cookies are just a few of the timeless Christmas sweets that bring every adult back to their childhood memories. This year let’s gain some new inspiration by tracing back your family heritage and baking beyond the US border. Find below a little list […]

The Christ Child

BY JEFFREY H. SYPOLE “For a child has been born for us, a son is given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; And he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually and there shall be endless peace. He will establish and uphold it with justice […]

A Conversation about Hanukkah

BY TABATHA RENEGAR It starts before Halloween.  In some crazy instances, it starts before October! Christmas. At retailers, restaurants, auto dealers. Christmas. The traditions, Baby Jesus, Santa, cookies. You can’t avoid it. It’s everywhere you look and yet, simultaneously, another holiday is taking place that undoubtedly gets lost in the shuffle—Hanukkah. According to a 2015 […]

My Grace-Full Life: Forgiveness Recap

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” ~ Ephesians 4:32 (ESV) Back in January, I shared that I select a “Word-of-the-Year” each year, and for 2019, my word was “forgive.” When that article was published, I committed to writing about what I learned in the December 2019 issue. […]

A Present for Jesus

They saw the child with his mother Mary. Then they opened their treasure chests and offered him gifts.  ~ Matthew 2:11 Christmas is the big holiday in the month of December—maybe even the biggest holiday of the whole year. The word “holiday” comes from a word that means “holy day.”  Holy means set apart for […]

The Buddy Walk

On October 26th, 2019, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem (DSAGWS) hosted the 19th-annual Buddy Walk at West Forsyth High School. This event is the largest fundraiser this organization hosts each year to raise money for its programming. This year was the most successful Buddy Walk they have ever had, with over 1,000 registered […]

The 12 Days of Christmas (Mom’s Version)

“On the first day of Christmas My true love gave to me A partridge in a pear tree.” And, so goes the song….  It gets stuck in your head, and you feel yourself stretching out those five g-o-l-d-e-n rings right on cue.  The version of The Twelve Days of Christmas we’re most familiar with was […]

Make-at-Home Hot Chocolate with Assorted Toppings

As a child, I always loved hot chocolate as the perfect snowy-day treat. On any snow day, after spending hours outdoors, you could find us huddled around the fireplace enjoying a cup of Swiss Miss and bragging about who built the biggest snowman that day. Now, as an adult, I still love this winter-time beverage, […]

The Nativity’s Message in the 21st Century

Of all the ornaments and decorations, the figurines of Joseph and Mary, and baby Jesus in his manger, may appear the most fragile of them all, regardless of whether your Nativity was a recent purchase or handed down.  Thirty years ago, my grandmother, Margaret Thomas, gifted in hand-painting ceramic pieces, labored meticulously on the details […]