“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word,
‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
~ C.S. Lewis
Jesus is the reason for the season. The following is a list of Christmasy music and stories my family enjoys during this holiday season:
LONG-PLAY CHRISTMAS MUSIC
- http://www.ksgn.com – So Cal Christian Radio – Title and performer for the current and the past five songs are displayed.
- http://www.accuradio.com/#!/home/accuholidays – Accu Radio
- http://kwave.com – Kwave plays 36 hours of commercial free Christmas music starting on Christmas eve.
FLASH MOBS SPREADING CHRISTMAS CHEER
I really appreciate Christmas music that honors my Lord and Savior!
- http://www.haventoday.org/journey-faith-surprises-christmas-shoppers-gd-809.html – “Journey of Faith Church surprised a crowd of unsuspecting Christmas shoppers at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach by spontaneously erupting in song.”
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnt7euRF5Pg&feature=player_embedded – Dec 24, 2010 – This a direct link to the same video listed above.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fHNAMwhwic&feature=endscreen – Dec 20, 2010 – “On Saturday, December 18, 2010, Nordstrom customers got a holiday shopping surprise when 300 members from the Los Angeles Master Chorale and friends participated in a flash mob of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.”
- I canNOT get enough of this. I really enjoy the happy faces of those caught by surprise Christmas cheer. If you feel the same, visit http://www.youtube.com and search for “Christmas flash mob.”
CHRISTMAS MUSIC WITH LYRICS
- http://www.christmas-carols.net – Christmas Carols – Lyrics to classic Christmas carols with music
- http://deafness.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=deafness&cdn=health&tm=11&gps=107_154_1020_584&f=10&su=p284.9.336.ip_p736.8.336.ip_&tt=2&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.aslbible.com/carols/carols.html – Christmas Carols done in sign language
MISCELLANEOUS CHRISTMAS RESOURCES
- The birth of Jesus is recorded in the beginning of Books of Matthew and Luke. You can read or listen to these passages at http://www.blueletterbible.org.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc8qOXeTsUQ – The Visual Bible: The Gospel Of Matthew – I just found this on YouTube. I was given this video as a Christmas gift the year I became a Christian (about 10 years ago). Later, this video and other videos from Visual Bible became my son’s favorite bedtime stories. He went through a season of nightmares and the Visual Bible videos were the only thing that helped him sleep without nightmares. It is nice to see them on YouTube, but I hope you support Visual Bible by purchasing this!
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94WGC_ioQ8E – The Gospel of Luke
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meIDz98MFBs – The Nativity Story
- http://www.haventoday.org – Haven Today: It’s all about Jesus!
- http://issuesineducation.org/programs.asp – Merry Christmas!
- http://www.focusonthefamily.com – Adventures In Odyssey Christmas
- http://vimeo.com/52400092 – Advent Conspiracy promo
- http://www.adventconspiracy.org – very cool!
- http://www.rethinkingChristmas.com – Christmas Activities
- http://makingfriends.com/biblecrafts/nativity_scene.htm – Nativity Scene Craft
- http://www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=135&d=1&c=8&p=1 – a WWII Christmas Story
- http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2012/12/05/watch-this-joy-to-the-world-from-the-international-space-station/#.UMOdT4YoHCY – December 5, 2012 – Joy to the World from the International Space Station
- http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.ca/2012/12/wise-men-still-seek-him.html – Wise Men Still Seek Him
- http://www.thejesusmovie.com –
- http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/home –
- http://whatsinthebible.com/christmas/christmas-trivia/christmas-symbols –
- http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2669.htm – History of Christmas greenery
- http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1634495996479 – Xmas – The following was from a commenter: “The Christian “fish” symbol will have these letters: ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthys) which translates into English as “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior”.
Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for “Jesus”.
Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for “anointed”.
Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεου), Greek for “God’s”, the genitive case of Θεóς, Theos, Greek for “God”.
Ypsilon is the first letter of (h)yios (Υἱός), Greek for “Son”.
Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for “Savior”.”
CHRISTMAS RESOURCES AT OUR LIBRARY
Oooooh, so many resources. So little time! My husband is very sentimental so we HAVE to watch zillions Christmas movies in December. Here are just a few:
- A search for “Christmas music CD” has 766 titles at the library.
- A search for “Christmas stories DVD” has 2766 titles at the library.
- A search for “Christmas around the world from world book” has 109 titles at the library.
- The Nativity Story, 2007 video – Not completely as recorded in the Bible, but inaccuracies are very small.
- The Adventure of Christmas: Helping children find Jesus in our holiday traditions: mom’s guide by Lisa Whelchel, 2004
- Christianity: Worship, festivals, and ceremonies from around the world by Trevor Barnes, 2005 – “Tells the story of Jesus and examines how different festivals, including Christmas and Easter, are celebrated around the globe, while exploring the many divisions within Christianity and the architecture of the world ‘s great cathedrals and churches.”
EVENTS IN DECEMBER
I am too busy to list all the December events so I am compiling them here.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1SdT9gxIlE – Sunday, November 25, 2012 – Benedict Castle Christmas open house at 5445 Chicago Avenue, Riverside. Open house is from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $5 per car. History of the castle http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2YtaOiIUETg#!.
- http://www.facebook.com/MaryChrisMess – December 1st-31st 6pm-9pm – Carnes Family open house at 30035 Calle Pompeii in Menifee
- http://www.teenchallenge.org/site/c.inKLKROuHqE/b.5551239/k.A621/Upcoming_Events.htm – November 25-Dec 24 — Christmas Trees for Sale
- http://www.fbchemet.org, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWhZvz_eXDw – First Baptist Church Christmas celebrations
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOtiPh6eY98 – CBU Male Chorale at Calvary Chapel San Jacinto 2011-11-20 Victory in Jesus
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cu0hb5avQSE – Dec 25, 2012 – Christmas lights with music in Hemet CA! – 43201 San Mateo Way in Hemet, California
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39GV6dMgLU – In December, Professor Pennypickles offers a snowy play land.
- http://www.cityofhemet.org/index.aspx?NID=588 – City of Hemet Christmas parade – First Saturday of December
- http://blog.pe.com/bob-pratte/2012/12/17/san-jacinto-valley-2012-christmas-lights-map – December 17, 2012 – Christmas lights tour map
- http://www.pe.com/local-news/columns/bob-pratte-headlines/20121213-san-jacinto-valley-season-for-christmas-tour-map.ece – Christmas lights tour map
- http://blog.pe.com/bob-pratte/2012/12/20/hemet-jeep-club-to-tour-christmas-lights – Christmas Jeep convoy
- http://wheelhousesk8.com – Check for holiday rollerskating schedule
- http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Idyllwild&state=CA&site=SGX&textField1=33.74&textField2=-116.718&e=1&mp=1 – Check snow forecast
- http://www.idyllwildchamber.com – Check Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce for holiday events.
- http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/where-to-play-in-the-snow –
NOT CHRISTMASY, BUT WE ENJOY THESE AT CHRISTMAS TIME
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_c22M_Z9jc – 1:53:09 – The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan – “The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of a Christian’s journey (here represented by a character called ‘Christian’) from the “City of Destruction” to the “Celestial City”. Along the way he visits such locations as the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair, the Doubting Castle, and the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Bunyan, the author, had very little formal education and a humble background. Nonetheless Pilgrim’s Progress is considered one of the masterpieces of English literature, and is required reading for Christians who are on the spiritual path in a world of temptations.” After the Bible, this is the second best selling book of all time. We enjoy watching this often.
- http://www.godvine.com/Mother-Forgives-the-Drunk-Driver-That-Tragically-Killed-Her-Daughter–2493.html?fb_action_ids=3406635984590&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582 – “This is moving story about true love and forgiveness: one tragic night, Eric Smallridge was driving drunk and ended up striking and killing a 20 year old girl, Megan Napier. He spent a decade in jail, expecting to be there for a long time, that is until her mother fought to free him – out of forgiveness.”
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EdiQth651M – “George Müller (German – born as : Johann Georg Ferdinand Müller) (27 September 1805 — 10 March 1898), a Christian evangelist and Director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England, cared for 10,024 orphans in his life. He was well-known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 children, many of them being orphans.”
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlvK0EUn6u0 – Charles Spurgeon Movie
- http://www.kidsofcourage.com –
- http://www.persecutionpodcast.com –
- http://vetview.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/holiday-giving-the-5-worst-and-the-10-best-think-before-you-donate –
- http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2009/10/franklin_graham_moves_to_addre.html –
- http://crazyinkuwait.blogspot.com/2012/07/true-or-false.html – interesting
I HAVEN’T REVIEWED THESE RESOURCES, YET
These look interesting, but I don’t know if they are good resources:
- http://www.christmaswithlove.com/jaci_rae_why.html – I haven’t reviewed this site. It looks interesting.
- http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/hollyandivy.shtml –
- http://christmasfarms.com/herbal-tea-to-christmas-greenery-the-history-of-holly.aspx – Herbal Tea to Christmas Greenery: The History of Holly
- http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/home – St. Nicholas
- http://www.mohabatnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5237:what-is-really-happening-to-iraqi-christians-video&catid=82:video&Itemid=278 – Graphic, but import to know and pray for Iraqi Christians
“Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love.
Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens.
We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.”
Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place
Merry Christmas! Jesus is the reason for the season!