Traditions during the holidays, especially Christmas, are symbolic for Christians. One that is more significant than any other for Christians during this season is to remember Christ Himself in celebrating his birth. Traditions are a great way to pass down the stories of faith through the generations.
We have many Christmas traditions that remind us of Christ; the sound of carols are the proclamation of rejoicing, and the evergreen tree is a reminder of the cross and the everlasting life we have in Jesus.
Other traditions such as the nativity remind us that God came as a man of flesh to take away the sins of the world. The gifts tell the story of the three wise men that came to adore the Son of God. more >>
The A&E network's "Duck Dynasty" Christmas special that aired this past Wednesday raked in close to a whopping 9 million viewers, finishing the show's record-breaking season before it returns again in January 2014.
Results from Wednesday's hour-long Christmas special at 10 p.m. showed the episode scored a total of 8.9 million viewers, with 4.5 million viewers among adults in the 18 to 49 age range, and 4.6 million viewers among adults in the 25 to 54 age range.
According to Deadline, Wednesday's success was a 40 percent spike from the show's 2012 Christmas special, which was still considered to be a smash hit among viewers. The show has broken numerous ratings records since it first premiered in 2012. In its season three finale in April, the show set a record with 9.6 million viewers. It was then deemed the most watched nonfiction cable telecast in history during its fourth season premiere in August with 11.8 million viewers. more >>
A beautiful Christmas story that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face! These beautiful children from St. Paul's Church, Auckland, New Zealand tell a special story about the very first Christmas.
The story that is told in the video is based on the book, "The Unexpected Christmas" by Simone Graham. There are many scenes throughout the video that are funny and joyful. Seeing these children act out the story of Christmas at such a young age is simply WONDERFUL!
Please SHARE this with all your family and friends and put a SMILE on their face today! more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is countering the "Keep Christ in Christmas" billboards with its own "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia" ad – a reference to an ancient Roman god festival – which went up on Thursday in Pitman, N.J.
The atheist association, one of the largest in America, explained in a press release that the billboards are in a direct response to "Keep Christ in Christmas" displays by Roman Catholic society the Knights of Columbus. FFRF says that its local members were "stonewalled" in December 2012 when Pitman officials denied them a permit to display their "Saturn" banner, but allowed the Christmas one.
"FFRF first became involved in December 2011, when a resident reported the Christian banner as a potential state/church violation. Legal staff made numerous calls and sent messages to various public agencies and the Chamber of Commerce, including open records requests, and asked to erect FFRF's own banner, which wasn't allowed," the organization explained. more >>
Fox News host Gretchen Carlson recently expressed her outrage at the installation of a six-foot tall festivus pole at the Florida Capitol building in Tallahasee, arguing that the pole takes away from the true meaning of Christmas.
While speaking on the Dec. 10 broadcast of Fox News' "The Real Story," Carlson told her guests, including David Silverman of the American Atheists, Catholic League President Bill Donohue, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that she was "outraged" the festivus pole was recently approved as a holiday display at Florida's Capitol building.
"I am so outraged by this," Carlson said, adding, "Why do I have to drive around with my kids to look for a nativity scene and be, like, 'Oh, yeah, kids, look, there's baby Jesus behind the Festivus pole made out of beer cans!' It's nuts!" more >>
Davion Only, 15, made international headlines when he attended a church in Florida and asked for anyone to adopt him. Now his wish is coming true and he will be spending Christmas with a prospective adoptive family.
"Davion has moved from his group home placement at Carlton Manor to a foster home where he is enjoying getting to know the family," Only's biological aunt, Doris Barnes, told Daily Mail. "Davion is excited to be spending the holidays with a perspective adoptive family. I know he is going out of town with a family for Christmas. I wanted to buy him a present and maybe see him, but I can't because he's not going to be around. I just want him to be happy and loved and to be with someone who is going to do the best for his future."
In October, Only appealed to a 300-member congregation for a new family, after being bounced around to numerous care facilities. more >>