Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Holidays

Have you ever wondered about the “twelve days of Christmas”?  In the U.S. many people think that the “twelve days of Christmas” are the 12 days leading up to Christmas.  Some holiday advertising makes this assumption. … Continue reading

The Origin of Santa Claus

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Holidays

There are many Christmas customs that have nothing to do with the birth of Christ.  What about the the most distinctive Christmas symbol of all, the “jolly old elf”?  Some Christians have pointed out rather ominously that… Continue reading

Santa on the Cross? A Comparison of Santa and Jesus

A man in Bremerton, Washington has erected a 15 foot cross in his yard, with Santa in the place of Jesus. In an attempt to fight the commercialization of Christmas, Art Conrad has placed a picture of his creation on a home made Christmas card with the caption “Santa died for your Mastercard.” While some passersby are amused, others take offense at this irreverent use of the primary symbol of the Christian faith.

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Is there a Santa Claus?

It’s time for something on the lighter side. I first saw this in an email in 1994. I will copy it below for your enjoyment.

As a result of an overwhelming lack of requests, and with research help from that renown scientific journal SPY magazine (January, 1990) – I am pleased to present the annual scientific inquiry into Santa Claus. Continue reading

The Light of the World

I don’t normally post jokes on this site, but this story is cute. . .

A little boy forgot his lines in the church Christmas play. His mother, sitting in the front row to prompt him, gestured and formed the words silently with her lips, but it didn’t help. Her… Continue reading

What is Advent?

Our church is using an Advent wreath to celebrate the period of time leading up to Christmas. Some are wondering what Advent is and how this custom originated, so I thought it would be good to write a short article on Advent. Continue reading

A Charlie Brown Christmas

This is the 40th anniversary of the much beloved television special A Charlie Brown Christmas. What most people don’t know is that the show originally almost didn’t air. Even in 1965 the television producers were worried about using a reading from the Bible as a key part of the… Continue reading

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