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What did your job get you for Christmas this year?

December is a month of giving and receiving holiday cheer. Many parents and teachers often use the wild card, “Santa is watching” so children will be on their best behaviors in hopes of getting exactly what they want for Christmas (and more).images-1 copy 3

Some companies host holiday parties playing games like “White Elephant” or “Dirty Santa” where co-workers bring gifts of a certain price to swap while others go as far as to have an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party. Some keep it traditional and only give gifts to coworkers they would consider to be close friends, while other companies give holiday bonuses. Bonuses are always a welcome gift, especially at this time of year. In leu of the current economy, many companies have canned the idea of the holiday bonus for the time being but there is one company who has not fallen behind on their lavish employee gifts for the holidays.

 

BusinessInsider.com has reported that this year Google employees were “given their choice of a Nexus 5 smartphone or Nexus 7 tablet.” I know that I would love to be in a conundrum like that having to decide which high end piece of smart technology I want to receive free of cost! Wouldn’t you?

I am curious to find out what your job got you this holiday season?

More hours at work?  More projects than time? Or was it something like what Google gave their employees?

Chime in below, no matter how big or how small the “gift”, did your job go all out like Google this year? We want to hear how grateful (or not) you are for what your job gave you for Christmas.

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What Are Your Fondest Thanksgiving Memories?

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The air is crisp and leaves have fallen from the trees. November is one of the busiest months of the year as we all begin prepping for the holiday season. There is Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the list goes on. But, most importantly we see the beginning of family traditions. Thanksgiving is a time for family and being thankful for those around you (near and far). A time to give thanks for all of the small things we so often take for granted day to day; like our spouses “putting up” with our high stress moods or our children presenting us with long but efficient list of what they want for Christmas.

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Many families are even already trimming the Christmas tree adding ornaments and lights and putting them in the windows of their homes. Let’s begin at Thanksgiving since it is only a few days away. Some of the most memorable Thanksgiving moments from my childhood are when we pack up the car with snacks and hit the road for South Carolina for dinner and laughs with my dad’s family on Thanksgiving morning. Four hours on the road to Inman, SC where at least 50 members of the family gathered and unknown neighbors seemed to wander over for plates of food cooked throughout the day. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, listening to loud voices and laughter of old stories told during a game (or 6) of spades, these are just a few of the memories I will share from my Thanksgiving childhood. The next morning, we would wake up with my cousins at 3:00am and head to the stores we mapped out the night before. Black Friday Shopping! Not that we needed anything in particular, it was just what we did each year. Braving the crowded stores, dodging buggies, and determined people for so called “limited sale” items, strategizing lines of how to get in and out was just a part of the fun. Heck, I believe it had something to do with my over efficiency coupled with the need to plan every aspect of things out and drive to beat (not just meet) deadlines! So, I am thankful for that part of my childhood. We would finish by 9am and get back on the road to Georgia for what I would call my second Thanksgiving trip to grandma’s house for my special plate.

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Families have many traditions in life as well as several more that cater to just the holidays. But, most importantly is that these times are spent with family, friends, and loved ones; letting them know (spoken and unspoken words) that we love and appreciate them and all that they do for us.

FAME would like to hear from you; what are your fondest Thanksgiving memories/traditions?

Comment below the article and let the world know about your traditions…

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Equality for All: Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

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According to paragraph 341.6 of The United Methodist Church Book of Disciplines, “Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches.” This is a pretty tough double standard to abide by in a church whose main mission is “Open hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.” By that creed it is acceptable to believe that in The United Methodist Church, members are open minded about all people no matter what their stature is. There’s even a clause in Article IV that states, “All persons without regard to race, color, national origin, status, or economic condition, shall be eligible to attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments, upon baptism be admitted as baptized members, and upon taking vows declaring the Christian faith, become professing members in any local church in the connection.”

So why is it that homosexuals can attend the church, pay tithes to the church, but not get married in the church?

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Pastor Frank Schaefer, of Zion United Methodist Church, is putting his credentials on the line for giving his son a chance to live happily ever after. Schaefer’s son has been married six years and now the church has made the decision to have a “church trial” on the issue. According to abcnews, Pastor Frank alerted his superiors in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference that he was going to perform his son’s wedding back in 2007 and they did not give him any “warning or reprimand” at that time. Six years later a parishioner has “filed a complaint, that Schaefer was told he would face discipline for violating a church doctrine.” It was also noted that Schaefer could have avoided a trial if he promised that he would not perform another same-sex ceremony. This may have been easy,  but with three out of four of his children being gay that is a promise I am sure no father could make.

 

I do worry about losing my credentials,” Schaefer said, “but I’m willing to lose them for an act of love.”

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Thisis the true meaning of having an open heart and mind. He is a man of God who knows that everyone should be accepted no matter their stature in life; gay, straight, black, white, rich or poor we should be open to everyone just as our church claims to be.

There is a  Facebook page called “Stand With Pastor Frank: Support Equality” that already has 4,810 likes and counting. You too can “Stand With Pastor Frank” and support equality for all by “liking” his page. After all, we are in America where we pledge every day to give “liberty and justice for all.”

 

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