All Things Christmas

Decoration Ideas & Tips

Holiday Planning

The Well Lit Christmas Tree by Julie Ann Bennet Lighting is a critical part of decorating your tree. To get a designer effect you need to add many more lights than average. You will get a big result for the dollars you invest. I recall a time when I tossed 2-3 light strings loosely around

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Office Party Tips

Christmas Parties

Office Party Tips The infamous Christmas office party is often viewed with impending doom. It’s reputation often precedes itself and has resulted in the end of many a career. How can the trappings of the evil office party be avoided? Here are some party planning and etiquette tips that hopefully will help you survive. Merry

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The Lutheran | December 1998 | Praying Christmas

Faith & Spirituality

Praying Christmas ‘I can no longer read the story without experiencing the presence of that love’ BY JOANN NESSER Christmas has never been my favorite time of year. I’ve always experienced conflict between the zillions of things that I had to do and the “silent night” of the shepherds.It’s also hard for me to flip

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The Lutheran | December 1999 | God’s impossible truth

Faith & Spirituality

God’s impossible truth The Christmas story isn’t a children’s fairy tale BY MARY W. ANDERSON How often during these days of holiday preparations do we hear people say, “This is what the season is all about!” Maybe we say it ourselves: Through a misting of tears, perhaps, as we look over our family gathered at

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The Origin of Christmas (part 4)

Faith & Spirituality

Records of the first Christmas in the Book of Matthew: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the

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The Origin of Christmas (part 3)

Faith & Spirituality

The King James Bible records the first Christmas and events surrounding it in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew: “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

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The Origin of Christmas (part 2)

Faith & Spirituality

The Origin of Christmas .. The fifth century acceptance coincided with a decline in heathen worship and the adaptation of harmless activities into rich Christian symbolism. These included Saturnalia,the great Roman holiday in remembrance of the supposed “Golden Age”; Sigillaria, the Feast of Dolls, in which dolls and other toys, mostly earthenware, were given to

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The Origin of Christmas (part 1)

Faith & Spirituality

christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Born nearly two thousand years ago, Christians believe Him to be the Son of God. Whether Jesus was really born on December 25th, no one can say for certain. It was chosen because it already was a holiday in ancient times -a pagan feast. But

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Swept up in joy

Faith & Spirituality

‘Do not fear. Don’t you know how much I treasure you?’ BY DAVID L. MILLER I remember absent-mindedly kneeling in the pew after returning from communion. Lost in a haze, I focused not on the holiday or the sacrament but on my fears about what the next few days would bring. I tried to pray

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Emmanuel meaning “God With Us”

Faith & Spirituality

Emmanuel meaning “God With Us” by Reverend H. Carlyle Church Jr. Pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia, USA (running time 6 minutes 47 seconds) (file size 2.87 megs) (Real Media format)   Reverend Church explores the concept of “God With Us” and explains how the birth of Christ relates to our modern day

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Mahli’s Sheepskin Jacket

Christmas Plays

Mahli’s Sheepskin Jacket – by Edith E. Cutting This play has six characters with three scenes.  Mahli, a young shepherd boy, goes with his father to see baby Jesus.  He proudly wears his new sheepskin jacket that his mother made for him.  When it is time for him to leave, he decides to give the

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The Shepherd Who Was Left Behind

Christmas Plays

The Shepherd Who Was Left Behind – by Marilyn Senterfitt There are 14 speaking and non-speaking parts in this play.  Samuel, the young shepherd, has to stay behind to watch the sheep.  While the other shepherds go to see the baby Jesus.  He is very sad and lonely.  Joel, a young angel, comes down to

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Big News in Bethlehem

Christmas Plays

Big News in Bethlehem – by Helen Kitchell Evans This play has 2 male characters and is set in Bethlehem a few days after the birth of Jesus.  Two young men meet and discuss the recent events that occurred on the first Christmas night in their small town of Bethlehem.  Source: Biblical Christmas Performances:  Christian

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Sherlock Holmes’ Christmas Goose

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Sherlock Holmes’ Christmas Goose  – by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Adapted by Paul T. Nolan There are 6 male characters and 2 scenes in this play.  The setting is Christmas season in London in the 1880s.  This play is based on one of Sherlock’s famous cases (The Blue Carbuncle).  Sherlock uses his great deductive skills

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The Christmas Doubters

Christmas Plays

The Christmas Doubters  – by Charles Baker This play has 5 male and 4 female characters.  The setting is the Jameson living room on Christmas Eve.  Cheryl and Karen Jameson feel that they are too old to believe in Santa Claus. Their dad still believes in the Spirit of Santa and is upset with this

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