Let There Be Christmas!

A compilation

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My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?
—Bob Hope

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Peace on earth will come to stay,
When we live Christmas every day.
—Helen Steiner Rice

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Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.
—Mary Ellen Chase

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Christ was born in the first century, yet He belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs . . .  read more

Christmas: It’s All About Love

By Maria Fontaine

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I’m excited about Christmas this year, because I believe that the Lord is going to do wonderful things, and that He will be working in new ways through each of us. As we employ the “God factor” and follow where the Lord leads us—no matter what He guides us to do—we will experience results. Christmas is an opportune time to infuse greater energy and power into the mission . . .  read more

It Takes a Child

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Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.
—John 7:24 ESV

We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, “Hi there.” He pounded his fat baby hands on the high-chair tray. His eyes were wide with excitement and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin. He then wriggled and giggled with merriment.

I looked around and saw the source of his . . .  read more

Those Dirty Shepherds

By Maria Fontaine

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One of my favorite pictures as a child was of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, as He carried a little lamb in one arm and His staff in the other.

Perhaps our image of shepherds and their sheep has been formed from some of the most famous, godly shepherds in the Bible, ones like Abel, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, King David, and our Good Shepherd, Jesus.

But that picture hides a less-known fact about Christmas. . .  read more

His Name Is Jesus

A compilation

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Over 2,000 years ago, on a night the world has been pleased to call “Christmas,” a Jewish maiden went to the mysterious depths of motherhood and came back with a given child. The child was given a name…

A name that blossoms on the pages of history like the flowers of a thousand springtimes;

A name that echoes down the corridors of time like the music of a thousand choirs in one grand anthem;

A name that adorns the records of the centuries like the splendor of a thousand monuments . . .  read more

Christmas Shalom

By Peter Amsterdam

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One of the portions of the story of the Nativity which I find most beautiful, exciting, and meaningful is when the angel appeared to the shepherds and announced Jesus’ birth, followed by a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God. It’s such a fitting entrance for the birth of the Son of God. Luke tells us what happened:

In the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and . . .  read more

Ebenezer and the Christmas Story

A compilation

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Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch—ever sympathized with them as the Christmas season descends? Or perhaps not to that extreme, but you don’t feel the warm fuzzies that everyone else has?

Mid-2011, I was working on a Christmas article for a children’s website, and I came across this startling piece of information: “By the early part of the nineteenth century, Christmas [in North . . .  read more