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Small steps can clear space for Christmas joy

TIM VANCE, associate pastor of Gateway Presbyterian Church, sits in front of a Christmas tree at the church, where he teaches a class, Christmas Unplugged, about creating space in life for a happier Christmas.

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TIM VANCE, associate pastor of Gateway Presbyterian Church, sits in front of a Christmas tree at the church, where he teaches a class, Christmas Unplugged, about creating space in life for a happier Christmas.



Tim Vance began a class at Gateway Presbyterian Church last Sunday by asking: “What are the first three words that come to your mind when I say it’s 10 days before Christmas?”

Responses ranged from “thankful” and “Jesus” to “stress” and “anxiety,” and even one honest, harried, three-word response of, “Oh my God!”

Some think of Christmas as a time of family, but in the same breath, they say, “When I think of Christmas, I think of drama...

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