Remember that scene from The Christmas Story during which the family patriarch, in an enthusiastic effort to plug in his "beloved major
award" (for those of who haven't seen the film, let's just say it's a
lamp that elevates "tacky" to an entirely new level), considers which
cord to pull from an extension device already smoking and stacked with
countless plugs? The device pops and cuts the electricity -- including
the major award and the lit-and-leaning Christmas tree -- when Dad
finally makes his decision. But perseverance pays off, and moments
later, the electricity is back on (despite the fire hazard hanging out
of the wall), the major award gleaming from its prominent position in
the center of the front window ... much to the mortification of the compliant family matriarch, and to the fascination of curious neighbors. Full story...
The Symbols of Christmas
Stockings hanging up, poinsettias on our office desks, holly draped everywhere - are so familiar that many of us barely notice them anymore. But each of those well-known symbols has
a history and tradition all its own. Candy canes, for instance, are
thought to represent the staffs used by the shepherds who journeyed to
Bethlehem to see the Baby Jesus. Here are some of the other stories
behind the familiar symbols of Christmas.
Why are red and green the
colors of Christmas? The colors have come down to us from the ancient
Britons and Romans, who used holly to decorate their homes for winter.
Because holly is an evergreen which weathers the cold of winter, ancient
peoples believed that the plant would lend its strength to their homes
and families. Holly also has meaning as a Christian symbol; the thorns
are said to represent Christ's crown of thorns, and the red berries
symbolize His blood. Full story...
Christmas Around the World
The spirit of Christmas is the same everywhere it's
celebrated, but the many different ways that people celebrate are part
of what makes Christmas so much fun. Take a quick look at a few
celebrations from all over the world. Full story...
And it came to pass in those days, that there went
out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. Luke 2:1-20