'Tis The Christmas Season
Our House To Yours

During this time of year, we begin to sense a change in the air. The weather begins to change and some of us have snow in our yards. One gets the feeling that Christmas is in the air and it gives us a sense of expectancy. Seems that, when the cold weather rolls around each year, we just assume Christmas is "right around the corner".

Even before Thanksgiving has come and gone, the malls begin to dress up for Christmas. The Christmas trees are decorated, garland is everywhere and the lights are turned on. The Christmas season has begun, and Tom Turkey isn't even out of the oven.



giftsSo our houses are all aglow with lights everywhere, the Christmas tree has been decorated, and we are into the spirit of the season. What is there left to do? Why go shopping, of course!! We have gifts to buy for all our family members and the time is growing short. Just what do we buy them? Doesn't matter as long as there is a nice gift under the Christmas tree Christmas morning. Just to see those faces light up means the 'world' to us. There is no feeling better than seeing your children's eyes light up with excitement, their voices ring with laughter, when their dreams are realized on Christmas morning.

listOff to the malls we go with our lists in hand. The children have told us what they want under the Christmas tree, but we, as parents, know what's best for our child. Do we give them that dreaded toy they have yearned all year for after seeing it on a television program, or do we give them something constructive, like a computer game for learning or maybe a new bike? Sometimes we are guilty of falling under the pressure of the Christmas spirit so we won't disappoint our children and buy that dreaded toy. But then, when the day is gone, the ribbons and paper have been put in the garbage and the excitement is no longer there, that toy they longed for seems never to hold their attention for long.


angelDuring this whole busy season how many times do we stop to reflect on the one to whom this season is supposed to give reverence? Do we teach our children that Christmas is the day that we christians celebrate the birth of Jesus? We should teach our children the meaning of Christmas to us, but letting them experience the season for themselves. With a healthy knowledge of what Christmas really means spiritually, they will grow up to be well-adjusted people. The rush and bustle of the holidays won't get them depressed and into a frenzy, making them buy more gifts than they can really afford. They won't lose sight of what Christmas really means.

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.


The Christmas season traditions wouldn't be complete without a visit to see Santa. He has made his way down from the 'South Pole' to the malls during November and is waiting to talk with all the youngsters. And all the youngsters can't wait to sit upon Santa's knee, to give him their lists of toys that they would like under that Christmas tree come Christmas morning. And Mom and Dad are straining those ears to hear every word their child says to Santa. Some do have children that won't confide in Mom and Dad and let them know what they would like. They only tell Santa, for after all, 'he' is the one that puts those toys under that tree for them to find!


Finally, Christmas has arrived, the gifts are under the Christmas tree, and your home is aglow with excitement! The house quickly fills with guests coming for that big Christmas dinner. What a feast on that dining room table!!

The meal was so scrumptious! After all, there was so much to choose from to satisfy our taste buds. Mom had cooked both a ham and turkey, along with gravy. There was a host of dishes, including green beans, stuffed eggs, potato salad, homemade yeast bread, cranberry sauce, and let's not forget those sweets!! There was sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, coconut cake, fruit cake, and much, much more from which to chose. When we all finished our meal, and slid back the chairs, we could hardly move! Seems we forget on Christmas day that we've gone all year trying to avoid stuffing, and come away from that table miserable.


Now that all the activities are coming to a close, why not open up the pages of that worn and tattered Bible and share the reason for the season, Jesus Christ, with the ones dearest to your heart?

Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

Luke 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.


Confessions of a Christian Grinch


birth of JesusThe Birth of Jesus

Mercantile Mayhem
Part I of Christmas series

Breakdown Blues!
Part II of Christmas series

The Christmas Gift of Life
Part III of Christmas series


The sound of Christmas music fills the air. Everywhere you go, the music is playing. It makes you warm all over to hear the Christmas carols.



Shopping for Christmas Midi's

The Woodshed

The Midi Farm

Christmas Year 'Round


New Christmas Musicnew
Selection of midis from many artists!



Christmas Stories Online


When GRACE Appeared
12 Days of Christmas

Cherbear's Den -Story of the 12 Days of Christmas
A Christmas Snippet
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Carol's Christmas Stories
Flowers In December
Busted By The Claus!
Christmas Story

Christmas Love - Storynew

How Well Do You Know The Saviour?new

Do you know my JESUS?...What is a Real Christian? ...You can now!

Who Is Jesus To You?

The Key To Heaven

There's No Christmas Without Jesus

Season of the Heart

Behold The Lamb of God


Apple To The Core Holiday Hints
10 Great Decorating Hints for Christmas

How to Photograph Holiday Lights


Christmas Sites to Visit

A Holy Birth

A Top Ten Christmas at Peggie's Place
America's First Christmas Card
HomePages for the Holidays
Help Your Family Have a Peaceful Holiday Season
The Twelve Sites of Christmas
"All About Jesus" Christmas Celebration
Christmas at Paver's Nest
Annie's Christmas Welcome Page
Christmas with the Sawhooks



Christmas Around the World

Christmas in Norway

Christmas in Wales
O Da Kine Christmas Tree in Hawaii
Santa Claus of Greenland
Christmas in Australia
Christmas in the Netherlands
Christmas/Yule In Iceland
Christmas in Poland
Christmas in Virtual Finland
Christmas in Canada



Christmas Gifts and Cards on the Web

123 Greetings - Christmas Cards
DaySpring Christmas Cards
Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices
Amazon.com: A Glance: The Boy Under The Bed
Read The Boy Under the Bed Here!new



Christmas Links for Children

Olive The Orphan Reindeer
James and the Christmas Wagon
Red Boots for ChristmasRed Boots for Christmas
Billy Bear says....MERRY CHRISTMASnew

Christmas Spotlight


Christmas treeChildren's Christmas Fun Page
Food From Barbara's Table

Georgia's Entertaining Tips for the Holidaysnew

Ordinary Woman Extrordinary God Award
Awarded November 30, 1999

Spirit Award
Awarded December 15, 1999

Holy Christmas Spirit Award
Awarded December 7, 1999. Thanks, Joanna!

November 25, 1998

The Archdiocese of the Internet Award of Excellence

Week of December 22, 1996

Awarded November 8, 1997
Thanks to Mike Mouser and kids for the lovely award to my Christmas website.

May 1999 Award for Excellence

Christmas House Award 2002
Awarded July 27, 2002

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