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Rutherford Institute issues guidelines for celebrating Christmas in public

Hoping to alleviate ongoing confusion arising from political correctness over the do’s and don’ts of celebrating Christmas in schools, workplaces and elsewhere, The Rutherford Institute has issued its “Twelve Rules of Christmas” guideline. Over the years, The Rutherford Institute has been contacted by parents and teachers alike complaining about schools changing their Christmas concerts to “winter holiday programs” and renaming Christmas “winter festival” or cancelling holiday celebrations altogether to avoid offending those who do not celebrate the various holidays.

“Political correctness should never trump the Constitution,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Schools, government officials and businesses have an opportunity to take the high road and not be relegated to playing the Grinch this Christmas. It’s time for some common sense this Christmas.”

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Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It's a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. Even with all of the uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you have so much to be thankful for. It's important to be grateful, not just on Thanksgiving, but each and every day. Rather than lamenting what you feel is lacking in your life, begin each new day by developing an attitude of gratitude. Take inventory of your blessings and you will be surprised at just how much you have to be thankful for.

If you have enough to eat, a place to live, a way to get around, people who care about you, or people you care about, then you are wealthy. If you lack any of these elements, you must still be grateful for what you do have, while striving to obtain whatever is absent.

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Mortgage Financial Group, Inc., of Franklin, sponsored an essay contest last week at Trimont Christian Academy focusing on “Thankfulness.” First place went to Rose Tallent, a 5th grade student for her essay on “Trusting God.” She will receive free pizza from Papa’s Pizza for one year.

Second Place went to Canaan Drake, a 4th grade student for her essay on “Thankfulness.” She received a $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card.

The staff at Mortgage Financial Group would like to congratulate the winners and thank each student who participated as well as the judges, teachers and administration for helping us provide this opportunity to the community.

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You know about Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when people line up outside the big department stores and discount stores in the middle of the night to buy cheap Christmas presents. Black Friday is a big day for retailers, but I don't think it's nearly as important as Small Business Saturday.

That's because small business is the heart and soul of our economy.

Small Business Saturday is about Main Street, not Wall Street. It’s about the entrepreneurs and families who have put everything into stores that offer what the chains and ecommerce companies don’t – something different, something special, from handcrafted gifts to genuinely friendly service.

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