Christmas with a 2030 Perspective

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What do you remember about your childhood Christmas celebrations? How do you want your kids to answer that question someday? If you’re like me, you don’t tend to remember the gifts you were given as much as the special moments. One of my great regrets with my kids is that our Christmas season was often…

Retail’s Quick Change from Candy to Christmas

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I went to Walmart the day after Halloween. The “fun-size” candy was on the discount rack, and the Christmas wrap, ornaments, nativity sets, decorations, candy canes, etc., etc., etc. were rapidly being stocked on every open shelf, rack, and display. I’m pretty sure I saw a Thanksgiving turkey or two, but, let’s face it, as…

Your Nativity Scene is Mostly Wrong—But That’s Alright

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Some of you watched your precious babies act out the “greatest story ever told” at their preschool Christmas program. And chances are, your Nativity scene is still displayed today. But most of these traditions likely portray the birth of Jesus inaccurately. What are the real details about the Nativity—the events surrounding the birth of Jesus?…

Making Memories

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I remember as a young woman hearing an older woman say, “Don’t wait for memories to happen. Your most important memories will be made.” She went on to teach us how important it was to have things like family traditions, family priorities, and times to plan and prepare for those memories to be made. Looking…

Finding Peace in the Craziness of Christmas

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28–30 “Peace I…

Impressions of Hope [Video]

Melinda of the Skitzy Chicks displays her serious side—and her serious talent—in this illustration of the hope we have in Jesus, the true gift of Christmas, told with light, sand, and an artist’s hand. Take a few minutes to worship!

‘Frown Rebound’: An ‘Instant Advent’ Episode

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Video summary: With sad changes happening to their family, Ada and Otto wonder if there is anything to rejoice about this Advent season. Devotion: On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.” …

Christmas Crafts: Making Pop-up Cards

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Need something to keep your little ones busy while home from school? Hands-on crafts are a favorite with children of all ages. Perhaps one of these three options will inspire you. The Sparkhouse Family team has posted a series of short videos that teach children how to make three kinds of fun Christmas cards. The first…

Throw a Party with This Kids Christmas Album

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To be honest, I’ve been hesitant to review the Bethel Music Kids Christmas Party album. I have never been a huge fan of hokey children’s music. But this album pleasantly surprised me! As a worship leader and new mom, I think this album is awesome. From the moment it started playing, I could not stop…