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Our Family is a Mess!

God stepped into the messiness of humanity through His very human family, full of scandalous forebears. This Christmas, let us imitate Jesus and love our family members despite how annoying they may get! The Christmas Vigil Mass features the Gospel of Matthew (1:1-25). Depending on whether you get the long or short version, you might hear the genealogy of Jesus Christ -- a rather long list of the forebears of Jesus, ...

By |2021-12-18T01:16:39+10:00December 18th, 2021|LOVE & MARRIAGE, FAITH, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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Christmas Crazies!

If there is one thing that takes the edge off our Christmas joy, it’s the pressure of the consumer culture to give better, more unique, and thoughtful presents for an increasing multitude of people. No matter how much we criticise the materialistic values that dominate Christmas, every year, we get sucked into the eleventh-hour madness of shopping till midnight. A New Idea One of our best Christmases as kids was the ...

By |2021-12-10T17:04:25+10:00December 10th, 2021|FAMILIES, Children|0 Comments
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Five Christmas-Inspired Woodworking Ideas for Dads & Their Kids

Despite the pace, there are ways to meet some of the challenges of the holidays. It’s not impossible to rise above the commercialised grind of Christmas. Men don’t have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle all the Way, frantically tearing up the town trying to win the approval of his son by chasing down the latest toy fad. Pushing back against the grind can be as easy as picking up tools, ...

By |2021-12-10T16:45:52+10:00December 10th, 2021|NEW DADS, Children, Dads, FAMILIES|1 Comment
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How to Make a Chocolate Nativity Scene

It’s November, which means next month is Christmas. It will come sooner than you think. Here’s a Christmas recipe to tuck away, ready for the silly season. Recently, I had a crazy idea of creating a Christmas nativity scene out of chocolate. If I’m honest, I’m no food blogger. I have previously shared a photo of my Christmas shortbread: it was as black as the ace of spades. That’s what happens ...

By |2021-12-15T09:29:27+10:00November 2nd, 2021|MOTHERS, Children, Dads, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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Celebrate Christmas

Only 5 sleeps till Christmas and I just cannot wait. I love Christmas. My fifth music album was all Christmas Carols, from Once in Royal David’s City to Christmas Day. Christmas really is one of the greatest times of the year, especially for our children. But early in my life I had a love/hate relationship with Christmas. I guess it all started when I was about six years old and I ...

By |2021-05-05T14:46:06+10:00December 20th, 2020|FAITH|0 Comments

No Regrets

Byrd Bagget says, “Work hard, do your best, live the truth, trust yourself, have some fun... and you will have no regrets.” Only twelve more sleeps till Christmas. All the more reason to live life with no regrets. Warwick, why are you talking about no regrets, twelve days out from Christmas? I thought you would never ask! Recently, my wife and I were invited to speak together at a church by ...

By |2021-06-29T11:19:19+10:00December 13th, 2020|Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES|1 Comment

Health Benefits of Holidays

My friend Tony Miller used to say to me: “We are not human doings -- we are human beings.” Timely words for us in the Christmas/New Year season. We all need time off just to learn ‘how to be again’. It is amazing how quickly we can forget the need to have some Holy-days. Days for rest, days to have fun and days just to do nothing. Dr Mike’s Seven ...

By |2021-05-07T18:48:31+10:00December 28th, 2019|Dads, FAMILIES, MENS HEALTH|1 Comment

Australians Have a Love Affair with Christmas

Several years ago, Australia spent more on Christmas per capita than any other nation. The Americans are beating us this year, but we are still right up there. The average household in Australia will spend $969 each this Christmas, based on all expenses including gifts, food and decorations. That is a grand total of 18.8 billion dollars.   And what about the fact that ‘Carols by Candlelight’ celebrations are held ...

By |2019-12-21T17:12:16+10:00December 21st, 2019|FAMILIES|0 Comments

Christmas – Special Time of The Year

To our children, Christmas is one of those special times of the year. When I was growing up it was the best time of the year and was always a long time coming. New Year was always an anticlimax, despite my Scottish heritage and the importance of Hogmanay in that country. When I was 6 years old, we lived with our mum and grandmother in Edinburgh, Scotland. Christmases were cold and ...

By |2021-05-18T13:32:44+10:00December 23rd, 2018|Children, Dads, FAITH, SINGLE DADS|1 Comment

Star Wars & the Christmas Story

The cinema was packed, but we just had to see ‘The Last Jedi’ for ourselves. We were so fixated we took the last two seats in the front row.  The anticipation was building as the text scrolled across the star filled universe. In a galaxy far, far away, a story was about to unfold that has captured the hearts and wallets of people of the known world. Fortune Magazine said, “Star ...

By |2021-05-18T12:55:14+10:00December 22nd, 2017|Dads, FAITH, Other Topics|0 Comments
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