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Happy Birthday Jesus

New Jersey is home to a movie theater which regularly displays birthday greetings to inhabitants of the community on their billboard. Last week this theater posted another birthday greeting – to Jesus. Amidst midst the activities of this season; the shopping, baking, wrapping, shipping, pageant rehearsals and travel, sometimes the simplicity of the holiday can be lost. Christmas is about remembering a birthday, celebrating a birthday. Recently I was hanging with a group of my military wife ‘girlfriends.’ The conversation, predictably, turned to the holidays. We talked about plans, shopping, traveling, baking and menus. One woman mentioned a small coffee table book she picked up entitled, “The Purpose of Christmas” by Rick Warren. Patti shared how this little book was adding a new dimension to her celebration this year; celebrating a … Read entire article »

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Holiday Travel

‘Over the river and through the woods ” It’s that time! Holiday stand-down starts this week. That means many of us will hit the highways, railways and air, traveling to spend holidays with family and friends. I checked with a few experts for their top suggestions for safe, trouble free travels during the holidays. If you’re driving make a quick stop at the base Autoport for a safety check on your brakes, fluids, tires and tire pressure. Make sure your car is road ready, even for a short trip. AAA recommends that you add a car emergency kit to your packing list. There are many available at your Exchange or you can assemble your own. Check out or for more information.    Read more: … Read entire article »

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Keeping Your Holiday Merry

Years ago I experienced a home burglary during the holiday season. It was a shocking and educational event. I learned from the criminal investigator this season sees a huge spike in theft both at home and other locations. No one wants their holiday marred by crime. Below are safety tips from several experts in crime prevention and holiday safety. The holiday time is full of parties that often include the consumption of “holiday cheer.” Drinking and driving are a very dangerous mix. This is not new information. We know the facts but some of us will think we are ‘okay to drive.’ For the sake of your family, shipmates and others on the road, if you have been drinking — Do Not Drive. Call a taxi, call your command (all commands/installations … Read entire article »

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