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Christmas Story

Epiphany: Light In The Darkness

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

To prepare for this festival for dreamers, I'm imagining those travelers who dared the darkness for the light of a star, and thinking of those other dreamers who have looked into the darkness, glimpsed the light and followed a star.

After Christmas, How Is God With Us?

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

While Christians put decorations away, vacuum up the tinsel, and find places to put our new toys, I often wonder what it all means. After the pregnant longing, after the birth, how do we understand that God is with us?

A New Year Invitation: Bring In 2011 With The Youth Of Afghanistan

Shane Claiborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

I can't imagine a better way of celebrating the original Christmas event, or a better way of kicking off a new year, than by allowing our genuine and well-warranted joy to be interrupted by the suffering of our world, even for a moment.

Newborn God: A Christmas Meditation On The Birth of Jesus

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

How overwhelming the first Christmas must have been for Mary and Joseph. Few things can provoke such intense worry as a newborn child. But few things promise such unreasonable hope, such unexpected change and such unbounded joy.

Christmas Tales:

Flavorwire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

We're all familiar with classic Christmas tales of outcast mutant reindeer, hallucinating old men, and thieving green goblin cartoons, but there are p...

The Deep Truth of the Christmas Story

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

The truth of Luke's story is that it is still being told in the events of our day, in the events of our headlines and the secrets of our hearts.

WATCH: Nativity Story Retold Through Social Media

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

A festive video called "The Digital Story of the Nativity" tells the tale of the first Christmas as it might be told today--through the eyes of social...

The True Meaning of Christmas 2010

Mark Chironna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Chironna

In a culture that has been termed not merely post-modern, but also "post-Christian", it might seem as though there are no claims left to make regarding the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Carol

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Scrooge's snoring woke him. He immediately looked round the bed --- he didn't want to be taken by surprise. And he wondered: What curtain would this new ghost draw back?

Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Like the Paige Peterson illustrations that accompany it, it means to convey the feeling of 19th century London in 1843, but without the formal diction and Victorian heaviness

The Meaning Of Christmas

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Here is a story of what Christmas is, or should be. It is also what religion is, or should be about.

Why The Birthplace Of Jesus Matters

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

While theories vary on who the "historical" Jesus really was, there's general agreement that Jesus was not born in Bethlehem. So why was it so important for the gospel writers to claim Bethlehem as Jesus' birthplace?

The Point Of Christmas Pageants

Rick Hamlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

The Christmas story has what all great stories must have: the characters become changed, the shepherds leave their flock, the wise men follow a star, a young father trusts a dream and a girl becomes the mother of God.

Dueling Billboards And The Myths of Christmas

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth C. Davis

The importance of the winter solstice is crucial to understanding not only the date of Christmas but many of the other "myths" of this season.

'Then One Foggy Christmas Eve': A Christmas Meditation

Richard J. Mouw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Richard J. Mouw

It may be that, properly understood, the Rudolph story can actually nudge us in the direction of the Babe of Bethlehem.

Books Probe Christmas's Religious Origins

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Whitney Jones Religion News Service (RNS) Somewhere in all of the sparkly lights and wrapped packages and jolly elves of Christmas, there is -- or...

Advent Advice: Prepare For A Divine Interruption

Joel C. Hunter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Joel C. Hunter

During this solemn season of Advent, the preparation to re-live the birth of Jesus, we can get ready to worship God in such a way that we will be ongoing agents of reconciliation.

Top Ten Greatest Films of 2009

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stanton Peele

It's that time of year again, the time when film critics and aficionados remind you of those great films - most of which you missed. Here are the top 10 movies of 2009.

The Truth Behind Christmas: 5 Biblical Myths | Stephen W. Simpson, Ph.D | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Debunking myths about the Christmas story has become a holiday tradition. Little League Bible scholars like me write things that make the general publ...

Recovering the Magic of Christmas

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John W. Whitehead

Count your blessings. And when you're done counting them, say a prayer for the less fortunate: the hungry, the homeless, the lonely, the destitute and the sick.

'Christmas Story' Celebrates 25 Years

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

CLEVELAND — Fans of the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" are celebrating the film's 25th anniversary with a convention and trips to the house...