2013

  • 01-Birthday.Boy-Celebration

    Birthday Boy Celebration

    My entire life so far has been spent in the Northern Hemisphere, and as a result, my body clock is programmed to recognize dropping temperatures and shortening days as sure signs that Christmas is approaching. I love everything about the Christmas season—the colors, the twinkling lights, the presents, the Christmas trees, the aromas, the smiles […]

  • 02-The.Christmas.Star-Poinsettia_2

    The Christmas Star

    I’ve always loved red and green poinsettia plants and assumed that it was their vibrant colors that had earned them a place in Christmas decorations. But there is more to the story … Mexican legend has it that in the 16th century, a young peasant child named Maria was distraught one Christmas Eve, as she […]

  • 03-Ring.The.Bells-Christmas-bells2

    Ring the Bells

    Let the joy of Christmas touch your soul, whether in the peal of bells, the chorus of songs, or the quiet of your heart. There’s plenty to celebrate: Jesus is born! Ring Christmas bells, merrily ring, Tell all the world, Jesus is King, Loudly proclaim with one accord The happy tale, welcome the Lord Ring […]

  • 04-Christmas.Charades

    Christmas Charades

    In charades, the player acts silently while the audience guesses “who” he or she is meant to be. The players in the first Christmas might have appeared like this: [Astonished and somewhat worried] Mary: “The angel said to [Mary], ‘Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!’ But when […]

  • 05-A.Christmas.Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Perhaps gifts, evergreen trees, lights, holly, good food, the birth of the Christ Child, the coming new year, the end of the old, and probably for many, A Christmas Carol. The well-known tale of the bad-tempered, miserly Scrooge has been often retold through the many years […]

  • 07-The.Gift.Of.Your.Heart

    The Gift of Your Heart

    All the works that Jesus did on earth had to be extremely important for the Son of God to come down in order to do them. But when you examine those extremely important things, you see that not all of them were what most people would call “spectacular” in the physical. Many of the things […]

  • 08-Christmas.Memories

    Christmas Memories

    I was born in 1955, only ten years after World War II, when wartime hardships were still fresh in people’s minds. Grandfather used to tell us children of the extreme hunger and exhaustion of those days, and the struggle of staying alive during the long freezing winter months. Our town was in the heart of […]

  • 06-A.Very.Personal.Dilemma

    A Very Personal Dilemma

    The world in which Joseph and Mary, Jesus’ earthly parents, grew up was substantially different from our world today, and they were probably still very young when they were betrothed. In ancient Israel, a couple became betrothed when the man gave the woman either a letter or a piece of money, no matter how small, […]

  • 09-Why.Christmas

    Why Christmas?

    There was once a man who didn’t believe in God, and he didn’t hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite her husband’s disparaging comments. One snowy Christmas Eve, […]

  • 10-Be.An.Angel

    Be an Angel

    There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life. —Sister Mary Rose McGeady (1928–2012) We should make the Yuletide season an occasion not merely for the giving of material things but an occasion for the giving of that which counts infinitely more … the giving of self. —J. C. […]

  • 11-Candlelight

    Candlelight

    Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime.—Charles Dickens (1812–1870) I light this Advent candle in ANTICIPATION… The fact that we don’t know the exact date of Jesus’ birth doesn’t matter; what counts is that He was born. Amidst all our busy activities, let us pause to think about the Savior who lived, died, and […]

  • 12-What.I.Gave.At.Christmas

    What I Gave at Christmas

    What did I give the world at Christmas? My life for the forgiveness of your sins. That from Me and through Me and in Me you could have life.1 It all began when I designed the amazing and beautiful world that you live in and gave you life. Then I gave you My life, thus […]