Archives For Christmas

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has to be one of his most loved works and also one of the most widely known Christmas stories. Published in 1843, the novella tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser who is visited one Christmas Eve by four “spirits” whose mission is to save him from himself.

In Mission Audio’s audiobook edition of the story, narrator Simon Vance gives a phenomenal reading of the classic tale, complete with exceptional voices. The narration grabbed my attention right off and kept it through the very end. I gained new insight into the story because of the beautiful narration and was reminded of the importance of its message.

Whether you’ve read the story before or not, I highly recommend this audiobook. You’ll be inspired and uplifted.

PS This story and From Pearl Harbor to Calvary, which I reviewed previously, are available as free downloads from christianaudio through December 31, 2011. Learn more here.

PPS After posting this review, I came across a review by Josh Morgan of Jacob’s Cafe. I encourage you to read his review, which relates the story to the Gospel.

I love all of the selections from the City on a Hill series that I’ve heard so far, but especially this one.

You may recall that I love The Twelve Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser. Well, here’s a new song by the a capella group. Enjoy!


A Christmas gift for you! My sister told me about this song after hearing it on the radio and I was excited to find it on YouTube. These guys are awesome! You’ll be rolling on the floor laughing after watching this.

Portland’s "Holiday Tree"

By Nate LaClaire —  December 15, 2006

Officials in Maine’s largest city have decided to call the traditional Christmas tree at Monument Square a “holiday tree,” citing a desire to be sensitive to other people and religions as the reason for their decision to avoid directly referencing the Christian holiday. But Michael Heath, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine (CCLM), notes that the Portland officials apparently have no problem with insulting 850,000 Christians who live in Maine.

On this issue, I have to respectfully disagree with Mike Heath. The city’s political correctness is ridiculous, for the reason Kiera McCaffrey mentions (below), but why does it really matter what they call the silly tree? We Christians focus all of our energy on whining and complaining about every little thing that secular culture does and we miss the important part. The Christmas tree was originally based on a pagan ritual. Even the date of Christmas was taken from pagan culture. I love many of our secular Christmas practices and symbols – including the Christmas tree – but we need to get real: they are a part of secular culture. Jesus never said that we must celebrate His birth on December 25. He never said we should erect evergreens in our living rooms for the month of December. He never suggested hanging mistletoe above our doorways. And for all we know, he was born in July.

Like I said, Portland’s move is a stupid one:

But Kiera McCaffrey, a spokeswoman for the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights — a group that has been tracking the issue for some 12 years — says Portland’s renaming decision will not fool anyone. In talking with the Herald, McCaffrey asked what other religions take evergreen trees indoors and decorate them. “They are Christmas trees,” she said. “Everybody knows that.”

However, they don’t know any better. They are blinded by their hatred. What’s our excuse?

Source: Bows of Folly: Portland Blasted for PC Pandering With ‘Holiday Tree’

Well, Christmas is two days away. I finished my school work on Monday, finished my shopping on Monday, finally got most of my Christmas cards in the mail Wednesday (if you haven’t received one yet and think you should, it’s probably in the mail or still sitting on my desk – I’m thinking about sending Martin Luther King Day cards :-) ). Life has calmed down somewhat. Gifts still aren’t wrapped, though…

Today I went to see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with my sisters and a friend. That is the best movie I have seen in a long time! Now I’m trying to figure out if I can fit it in my schedule to go back with some other friends next week. Awesome, terrific, fantastic movie! One of the most common questions I’ve heard is: does it keep true to the book? Answer: I don’t have a clue. Does it stay true to the Wonderworks movie? Not as I remember it. However, it’s been so long since I read the book that I can’t recall if it matched the movie or not. Now I want to read it again… Were I still working at the library I would grab the book first thing Monday morning. Since I don’t… I’ll have to make a special trip. :-)

Actually, first I need to finish The Christmas Wish. I am thoroughly enjoying that book.

Life’s funny isn’t it? I’ll elaborate at another time. Hey, there has to be some reason for you to come back! :-)