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Posts Tagged: Christmas

3 Meaningful Christmas Gifts That Don’t Cost Money

  For the first time ever, I’ve done some of my Christmas shopping online. Lego for the grandsons—check. Doll clothes for my eldest granddaughter—check. Goodies for my daughter and daughter-in-law whose names we drew for this year’s gift giving—check. And so the list goes. I’ve almost completed the task, and unbelievably early (for me) at… [ read more ]

A Baby Changes Everything

A local Christian radio station has played Christmas carols, old and new, for the past month. One song in particular has caught my attention: “A Baby Changes Everything.”   Christmas celebrates Jesus Christ, the son of God who came to earth as a teeny helpless baby. His arrival changed everything for those who recognized Him… [ read more ]

Celebrating Christmas in a World Gone Mad

Monday dawns, and only nine days remain until Christmas Eve. I drive to the gym, listening to the local Christian radio station on the way. Christmas carols sing of silent nights, the baby Jesus snuggled in a manger, and angels singing in the heavens. And then I hear the news: more than a dozen hostages… [ read more ]

Experiencing Jesus, Prince of Peace

  All my life I’ve heard quoted during the Christmas season: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” To be honest, I’ve taken these… [ read more ]

Catch a Glimpse of the Magnificence of Christmas

This is the last weekend before Christmas. Perhaps you still have last-minute gift shopping to do. Maybe you’ll go grocery shopping, or bake something special. Perhaps you’ll be on the road or in the air, traveling to a loved one’s home. Or maybe you’re not well, and you’ll be at home wishing you could do… [ read more ]

Christmas and Connecticut

A community in Connecticut, nay, the world, wrestles with unimaginable grief and shock. The scope of what happened a few days ago cannot be comprehended. The emotional pain of those who lost their loved ones cannot be fathomed. And the trauma of those who survived, and of those who study the scene for clues cannot… [ read more ]

Jesus — More Than a Sleeping Baby

My granddaughter Anna played with her family’s Nativity scene. “Baby Jesus sleeping,” the two-year-old said, pointing to the inch-long plastic figure lying in a wee manger. She picked it up, gave it a shake, dropped it on the coffee table, and turned her attention to another toy. So much for toddler theology. Sadly, some folks… [ read more ]

Ideas for Christmas Gift-Giving

Last week a news broadcaster said the average Canadian spends about $860 on Christmas gifts. Don’t you think it would be interesting to know what that money buys? No doubt some purchases are needed items. Some are simply nice to have. But others? Consider the contents of a 63-page catalogue that arrived in my mailbox… [ read more ]

Little Drummer Boy — performed by a very gifted teen

This video made the national news in Canada a couple of weeks ago. When the music finished, a interviewer asked the young man why he put this clip together. He said, “I wasn’t looking for all this attention. I just wanted to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas — Jesus Christ.” Amen to that! Photo… [ read more ]