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Christmas in Bulgaria

Christmas Around the World, North America, United States

Christmas in Bulgaria H. Koger In Bulgaria, some Christmas traditions are different than ours. During Communist rule, Santa was called “Grandfather Frost.” Now he is called “Father Nicholas.” He walks from house to house and fills large bags with presents. Holiday foods called koledni gevreci, which are round buns, and bansia, which are pastries, are

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christmas in palestine

Christmas Around the World, North America, United States

christmas in palestine my mothers memories I was born In Jerusalem in 1932, a family of seven on the 24th of december in the morning we would board the buses with our families and neighbors and take a half hour trip to bethlehem. and the festivities would begin with the marching bands from schools from

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Christmas in Bulgaria

Christmas Around the World, North America, United States

Christmas in Bulgaria H. Koger Christmas in Bulgaria H. Koger In Bulgaria, some Christmas traditions are different than ours. During Communist rule, Santa was called “Grandfather Frost.” Now he is called “Father Nicholas.” He walks from house to house and fills large bags with presents. Holiday foods called koledni gevreci, which are round buns, and

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The Christian Response to Christmas Controversy?

Christmas Around the World, North America, United States

The Christian Response to Christmas Controversy? null null Brothers and Sisters As our brother James said in his book we should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. I hope that we will not lash out as those who oppose the Christ in Christmas but realize that as Christ loved

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A danish traditional christmas!

Christmas Around the World, North America, United States

A danish traditional christmas! Gitte og Camilla HIS. The most traditional way to celebrate christmas! You begin the day with prepare for the big dinner for the evening. The dinner consist roast pork, white and braun potatus, duck, red cabbage, braun sauce. As desert we get rice pudding and alot of candy! After you have

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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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