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Opening the Gifts of Christmas

By Jennifer Basye Sander,Jamie Miller
  • ISBN Code: : 0740787225
  • Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 473
  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Pdf : opening-the-gifts-of-christmas.pdf

Book Excerpt :

A lovely folktale holds that when Christianity first came to northern Europe, four spirits representing the virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Love were sent from heaven to place lights on the original Christmas tree. Opening the Gifts of Christmas invites readers to honor those spirits year round with a collection of heartwarming holiday stories and suggestions for living the four virtues every day. Every year it seems the Christmas season grows longer--decorations appear in stores even before Halloween--and yet our collective Christmas spirit wanes. The holiday frenzy erodes our Christmas cheer, and on December 26 any warm yuletide sentiments we have left are packed away with the ornaments and wrapping paper for another ten months. What if, instead of losing the Christmas spirit so quickly, we could extend the faith, hope, charity, and love we feel at Christmastime throughout the year? Opening the Gifts of Christmas can help us do just that. In four sections, best-selling authors Jennifer Basye Sander and Jamie Miller define each virtue and explain not only its connection to Christmas but also its importance in our everyday lives. Inspiring true stories illuminate each of the virtues, followed by suggestions for practicing them everyday. Opening the Gifts of Christmas will help readers internalize the spirit of Christmas so that it is just they may have greater joy and personal peace year round.

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Forgetting the menaing of Christmas can make you feel dreary and down. And sometimes you wonder why you can’t help but frown. So, from our family to yours we give you this gift. You’ll find that your family’s spirits will lift. These stories are filled with kindness, Christmas, kinship, and peace. You will notice bad feelings beginning to cease. As you read, listen, and learn from lessons of love, open up just take a look. You’ll find the true spirit of Christmas in your home because of this book. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! -Parker Johnson

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Children will discover how the donkey, the cow, the sheep and other animals honored Jesus in their own special way by presenting Him with gifts. This precious story, paired with tenderly-detailed illustrations, teaches young readers about the importance of giving. Other Titles in the Christmas Read & Sing Along series include: The Best Thing About Christmas, Happy Birthday, Jesus and The Friendly Beasts.

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 144
  • Pdf File: gifts-of-the-magi.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"The Gift of the Magi" is a short story by and nbsp;O. Henry and nbsp;first published in 1905. The story tells of a young husband and wife and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been popular for adaptation, especially for presentation at and nbsp;Christmas and nbsp;time. The plot and its and nbsp;twist ending and nbsp;are well-known, and the ending is generally considered an example of and nbsp;comic irony. It was allegedly written at and nbsp;Pete's Tavern and nbsp;on Irving Place in New York City.

The Oxford Handbook of Christmas

By Timothy Larsen
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0192567128
  • Total of Pages : 640
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 465
  • Pdf File: the-oxford-handbook-of-christmas.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Oxford Handbook of Christmas provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary account of all aspects of Christmas across the globe, from the specifically religious to the purely cultural. The contributions are drawn from a distinguished group of international experts from across numerous disciplines, including literary scholars, theologians, historians, biblical scholars, sociologists, anthropologists, art historians, and legal experts. The volume provides authoritative treatments of a range of topics, from the origins of Christmas to the present; decorating trees to eating plum pudding; from the Bible to contemporary worship; from carols to cinema; from the Nativity Story to Santa Claus; from Bethlehem to Japan; from Catholics to Baptists; from secularism to consumerism. Christmas is the biggest celebration on the planet. Every year, a significant percentage of the world's population is draw to this holiday—from Cape Cod to Cape Town, from South America to South Korea, and on and on across the globe. The Christmas season takes up a significant part of the entire year. For many countries, the holiday is a major force in their national economy. Moreover, Christmas is not just a modern holiday, but has been an important feast for most Christians since the fourth century and a dominant event in many cultures and countries for over a millennium. The Oxford Handbook of Christmas provides an invaluable reference point for anyone interested in this global phenomenon.

Scenic Walks and Deep Thoughts

By Mary Zimmer
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  • Publisher : Ambassador International
  • Book Code : 162020424X
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 117
  • Pdf File: scenic-walks-and-deep-thoughts.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Every time we open our eyes some thing or someone is speaking to us! God's creation - people, animals, mountains, rivers, trees (yes, and even the insects) - are sending messages and providing life lessons. Of course, our problem is an inability to see and hear all they have to say. For several years, I've been trying really hard to cultivate this wonderful awareness - and in this book, I would like to share my discoveries with you. Just turn the first page and let the journey begin!