I Hated Christmas Until One Stranger Changed Everything

I hated Christmas. I wanted to love it so badly. I loved everything that came before Christmas day…

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What Christmas Means for You

You’ve been freed from bondage. Your shackles have been broken by Another. Your chains to sin are gone.

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Five Christmas Gifts That Don’t Come In Boxes

Temperatures are going down, lights and trees are going up, and that one Mariah Carey song is all over the radio. All of these things can only mean one thing: Christmas is almost here! This holiday season, you can pretty much count on a couple of things: Elf will be […]

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Everything You Know About Christmas is Wrong (Kind of)

How well do you know the details of the Christmas story? Time to separate the fact from the fiction, the donkeys from the kings, the innkeepers from the… well, non-inn keepers.

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Jesus Wasn’t Born on Christmas?

I’ll never forget when I learned Jesus wasn’t really born on December 25th. It shocked me. I felt cheated… like somehow my adolescent life had just lost some of its innocence. Thank God, I thought, Santa was still real… that would have really shattered my holiday season.

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The Cross of Christmas

If you want to get technical, that ‘pieta’ moment first occurred not on Calvary, but in Bethlehem. The manger’s wood was a foreshadowing; it is the ‘cross’ of Christmas.

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Jesus and the 3 Wise Guys

Have you ever noticed that the Bible doesn’t specifically say how many wise men showed up in Bethlehem? We’re told that wise men from the East followed a star, interacted with Herod, and made their way to the manger (bearing gifts) but nowhere does it say how many men there actually were.

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Barbies and the Baby Jesus: A History of the Nativity Set

We have four Nativity sets in my house: not out of overindulgence but out of sheer necessity. One set is for my five year old, who likes to take a more 'interactive' approach to the Nativity, including putting Disney princesses and Barbies into the Biblical narrative. Last year when I asked why the baby Jesus was in Barbie's convertible, she responded, 'Barbie is baby-sitting, Daddy… the trip to Bethlehem left Mary and Joseph very tired.'

You may have a Nativity set beneath your Christmas tree or on a table inside your house. You almost certainly have one on display somewhere around your local Church…

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