I love Christmas. Everything about it makes my heart happy – family, friends, food, and Christmas music. If it were socially acceptable, I would listen to Christmas music all year long. This year I have made it a point to not just let Christmas music be background filler while decorating my tree or making gifts. I’ve tried extra hard to listen to what Christmas songs are really all about. Some songs are full of warm fuzzy feelings of love while others are about what people hope to find under the tree on Christmas morning. All of these things have a part in the Christmas holiday, but how do they prepare us for Christ’s birth? After all, isn’t that what we are really preparing for?
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Everyone’s favorite mountain village-dwelling characters sing a little Christmas original with their new friend Ike Ndolo.
It’s that time of year again: when you either love or hate listening to the radio. That’s right, it’s Christmas song season, when all those secular and religious songs come blaring at you the day after Thanksgiving and end immediately after Christmas dinner.
I love all sorts of Christmas songs. Christian hymns, modern pop songs, choral hits. I don’t mind if a song wants to tell me about Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, or about angelic hosts heard on high; they both have their place among our enjoyment of the Advent and Christmas season. (During Mass, however, song selection is a totally different story.)
While most of us have heard of Christmas songs by Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole, I wanted to highlight a few songs by Christian artists that I think are excellent and worthy of your attention. Now sit back, grab a candy cane and some hot chocolate, and take a listen to some of my Christmas favorites.
Ike Ndolo stops by to say teach Drag and Gary about the true reason for Christmas.
Take a trip down memory lane to remember Matt Maher’s visit to Drag and Gary’s mountain village last Christmas… and check for new episodes on December 23rd!
Hey teens! Life Teen President Randy Raus dropped by and gave us this Christmas letter for all of you. It’s okay, you can open this one early. – LifeTeen.com
What is the best gift you can give this Christmas? In one word, it is “Joy” – something others need to see. Not a false or manufactured type of joy, but the joy that comes from within, and cannot be dismissed as anything other than a joy that comes from having God dwell within us…
Do you remember the first week after Daylight Savings Time ended? (You know, except if you live in Arizona.) Suddenly the sun seemed to disappear around 5:00 in the evening; a few days into Standard Time and 9:00pm suddenly felt like midnight. For me, I kept wondering where the day went. Before I made it home from work, it was already dark.
The closer we get to winter, the shorter the days and longer the nights get. There seem to be so few hours of light outside to play, practice sports, or hang with friends. When you wake up in the morning, the sun may still be rising, and before you head home from school the sun is already setting.
This video’s been making the rounds on YouTube and Facebook, and we love this unique take on the story of Christmas in the digital world.
Have you ever wondered why every year millions of perfectly good trees are ceremoniously cut down, dragged to lots, sold for outrageous sums of money and carried home to be adorned in electricity and ornaments for a few weeks…only to later be stripped of their luminous glory and left outside on the curb for the garbage man?
Where did the tradition of the Christmas tree come from?
It’s a good thing I go to Mass, because that seems to be where God always tells me what blog about. And the question that’s weighed on my heart so far this week is this: “Am I eagerly awaiting Christ?”
So here we are, in the week that brings us Christmas. Even though we’ll be at Mass twice in three days, this is a week where it’s easy to forget to actually pray. I’m no sage of spirituality but as my Christmas gift to all of you, I’ll share a prayer exercise that’s been tremendously fruitful in my own life. It’s called ‘Lectio Divina,’ which literally means ‘Divine Reading.’