Old Zechariah's Promise

Streaks of gray salt Zechariah's heavy black beard as this old priest climbs the steps of Herod's Temple to the twin pillars that frame a massive doorway into the gilded building. His heart is racing. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

Letters to Santa Claus

Dear Santa, I want a soccer ball, a Barbie MP, pink D's, and dog game and really pretty dress for my new puppy and Gabriela. Love, Savana Dear Santa, Here is a top 5 list of what I want for Christmas: 1. Blue I-pod 2. Mini Pool Table 3. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

The story of why we hang mistletoe

Mistletoe was often hung over the entrances to homes of the pagans in Scandinavian countries to keep out evil spirits. An ld Scandinavian myth tells of the seemingly invulnerable god, Balder, who was struck down by a dart made fromn mistletoe. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

Tradition of hanging Christmas stockings

Christmas Stockings Many families will hang large brightly colored Christmas stockings over the fireplace or on the walls of their homes during Christmas time in the hopes that Santa Claus will fill them with toys, treats, and goodies. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

Tradition of Advent

Advent was originally a Latin word that translated into "the coming". More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

History of The Christmas Tree

The tradition of having an evergreen tree become a symbol of Christmas goes back past recorded written history. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

Rudolph

Perhaps the best know of all the reindeer is Rudolph - the red nosed reindeer. Rudolph was the creation of Robert May, an advertising writer for the Montgomery Ward department store in Chicago. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

The Creche

In the year 1223, St. Francis of Assisi introduced a living crib scene at his Christmas Eve Mass in the village of Grecchio, Italy. He wanted to inspire greater religious feelings, and help in the interpretation of the story of the birth of Jesus. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

Pre-K students enjoying their Christmas program More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Friends are Angels in disguise.

Christmas is here again, and we have so very much to thank God for. May you have room in your heart and home for Jesus, not only as the new born babe, but for the risen Christ that died for your sins and mine. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

The Ornament on the Christmas Tree

There were more beautiful ornaments than Nel, but none could do the things he did after the lights went off on the tree. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Discover the true history behind the joy of the Christmas season

The history of Christmas dates back over 4000 years. Many of our Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before the Christ child was born. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Happy Holidays with Teens

There is no doubt that children More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Just bring me whatever you like Santa More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

I want everything for Christmas, More...

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Who is this man? What More...

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Take my picture with Santa! More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Jordie and Jessica have a chat with Santa. More...

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Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Mr. Kent is one of my favorite people in the world! More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Racum almost missed Christmas

Once upon a time there was a little raccoon. His name was Racum. Racum was just an ordinary raccoon, who loved to play with his friends and eat good food like chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Dear Santa, I have been so good this year…

Dear Santa, My name is Ridge Widner and I have been a very good boy this year. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

T’was the night before Christmas

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Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

WINTER FESTIVALS & TRADITIONS

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Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Mistletoe; the hows and whys...

Mistletoe was often hung over the entrances to homes of the pagans in Scandinavian countries to keep out evil spirits. An ld Scandinavian myth tells of the seemingly invulnerable god, Balder, who was struck down by a dart made fromn mistletoe. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

A Healthy Cry from the Manger: The Meaning of the Incarnation

I am sure that "Away in a Manger," sometimes attributed to Martin Luther, was written before the author had children of his own. The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes, But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes. Real newborns cry. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

Some Christmas Customs

Many Christmas customs are based on the birth of Christ. Such as giving presents because of the Wise Men, who brought presents to the baby Jesus. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

Santa Claus is Popular!

American magazines picked up on the popularity of Santa Claus, and many different versions of Santa Claus were published over the next 50 years. Santa Claus even began to appear in advertisements for popular products. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

Christmas Tree and Ornaments

Christmas tree and ornaments - some of the first decorations that people put in their homes during the Christmas season were the branches of Holly trees and the Mistletoe that they found on the trees during this winter season. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

Two Babes in a Manger

In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on biblical principles) in the public schools. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

The candy canes of Christmas

Candy cane sweet treats made primarily from boiled sugar seem to have first appeared in Europe in the late 1600's to early 1700's. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

A Brief History of Santa Claus?

Santa Claus has been called by several different names throughout the years. Traditions and legends of Santa Claus for the evolution of the modern-day Santa may have been based on the early Dutch legend of Sinterklaas, originating in the 1600's. More...

Posted 12/19/2007 12:00 AM

The Small White Envelope

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Since I More...

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Whatever you do Santa, don More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

The Christmas Cloud named Hankie

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Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

I have been good, Santa. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

The simple painting of a Son

Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they traveled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Christmas Carols for the Psychologically Challenged

1. Schizophrenia --- Do You Hear What I Hear? 2. Multiple Personality Disorder --- We Three Queens Disoriented Are 3. Amnesia --- I Don More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Christmas Is For Love

Christmas is for love. It is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for reuniting with family and friends, for tinsel and brightly decorated packages. But mostly, Christmas is for love. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

An Unforgettable Christmas

fellow as old as I should have many memories of Christmases past, and I do. But there is one Christmas that will never desert the cobwebs of my mind. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

A Little Strange and Different

On a December night in Chicago, a little girl climbed onto her father More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Santa’s Secret Wish

On Christmas Eve, a young boy with light in his eyes, Looked deep into Santa More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Who stole the Christmas cookies?

My brother Joey and I had just finished hanging our stockings by the fireplace one Christmas Eve, when the most disturbing thought crossed my mind. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Santa got stuck in the chimney

It was Christmas Eve. The children had hung their stockings by the fireplace and were all snug in their beds. Sometime during the night, they were visited by a big, jolly, old man dressed in red. You got it, it was Santa Claus! More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

I know exactly what I want for Christmas, Santa! More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Letters to Santa Claus

Dear Santa, I have been a good girl!

Dear Santa, I think I have been pretty good this year so, what I for Christmas is a barbie house, more barbie dolls, baby dolls, barbie and baby clothes. But if you want to you can leave money. More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

Santa, I would like it all..... More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM

All lit and ready for Christmas! More...

Posted 12/20/2006 12:00 AM