Christmas Traditions

Author: Helen Szymanski
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 144051349X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Grandma’s heirloom ornaments. The family carol singalong. Aunt Millie’s fruitcake. We all have our special holiday traditions we practice year in and year out. This book not only embraces these old standbys, but also explores unique rituals celebrated the world over. This heartwarming collection evokes the memories of Christmas past with such stories as: Holly Berry Dreams, in which a young girl hangs holly leaves above the doorway as a sign of better times to come while waiting for her father to return from war PJ Presents, featuring a single mom who enlists her neighbor to leave new pajamas on the front porch every Christmas Eve to surprise her children Too Much Christmas, in which a young mother buys up all the leftover tags on the Giving Tree, leaving her with too many tags and too little money Christmas Diaries, featuring a Scottish family who exchanges a diary every Christmas with their extended family in Germany that details the highlights of the past year With touching stories like these, this book is the perfect gift to commemorate old traditions and create new traditions—for many Christmases to come.

Christmas Spirit

Author: Gregory Wilbur
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing
ISBN: 9781581822045
Format: PDF, Docs
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Christmas is nearly everyone's favourite time of the year because it is adorned with so many special celebrations, happy memories, delightful stories, wonderful songs, and rich recipes. A season of selfless giving and expressive love, it is a time for family togetherness, for snuggling up to the hearthside, for recalling the legends and fables, and for celebrating the things that matter the most. As a result, Christmas has been the focus of some of the greatest art, music, literature, and ideas of all time. Christmas Spirit captures the essence of the Yuletide season by gathering in one place all of those elements that contribute to the joyous spirit of Christmas. From the origins of our most cherished Christmas traditions and rituals to the insights of the wisest men and women of the ages on their essential meaning and significance, Christmas Spirit emphasises and underscores the best moments of the season. Here are the whys and wherefores of mistletoe, plum pudding, holly and ivy, Advent wreaths, nativity scenes, carolling, sleigh rides, Christmas trees, jingle bells, wassailing, Twelfth Night, twinkling lights, gift giving, and Saint Nicholas.In short, here is the joy of the season - the Christmas Spirit.

Celebrating the Spirit of Christmas

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Publisher: Harvest House Pub
ISBN: 9780736921039
Format: PDF
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Charming nativity scenes, roly-poly penguins, and humorous reindeer reflect the wonder of Christmastime. Traditional holiday hues decorate this gift-worthy collection of literary quotes, joyful sentiments, Scriptures, and delicious recipes, ushering in the season with joy and cheer. This combination of whimsical images and inspirational content will be the hit of the year as an ideal hostess gift, family reader, and centerpiece for all who adorn their heart and home with the true spirit of Christmas.

A Christmas Spirit

Author: Joel Osteen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0857201557
Format: PDF, ePub
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In his first holiday book, Joel Osteen offers uplifting and inspiring true stories of family and friends celebrating Christian traditions during Christmastime. In his bestselling books, It's Your Time and Become a Better You, and in his weekly worship services at Lakewood Church in Houston, Joel Osteen offers hope to millions through his belief in the power of faith and the goodness of God. The Christmas season has become a bustling period for many, filled with distractions and anxiety. Osteen will help readers return to the essence of the holiday, by practising the principles taught by the Child born that day, and by reminding all of what is truly important in life. In the tradition of bestselling books that share Christmas memories and stories to celebrate the essence of the season - the birth of Christ and the hope and love of His message - Osteen's collection of unique stories will illuminate the importance of family and faith, and set readers on the path to a hopeful, peaceful holiday filled with Christian spirit. As always, his words and his practical faith-based advice will be inspiring and insightful, a welcome light in the lives of the faithful at a very special time of year. Influential in the Christian community around the globe, Joel Osteen is a major source of inspiration and an initiator of change for the millions to whom he preaches. This new book of stories from family and friends about Christmas will be cherished by readers everywhere.

The Christmas Spirit

Author: Joel Osteen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451608236
Format: PDF
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For many, the Christmas season can be filled with distractions and anxiety rather than the joy and peace it is supposed to bring. In The Christmas Spirit, his first holiday book, Joel Osteen offers uplifting and inspiring stories of family and friends celebrating Christmas traditions that will help readers return to the essence of the holiday by practicing the principles taught by our Savior, Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate that day. With these stories, Joel reminds us all of what is truly important in life. Filled with humorous and compelling holiday memories from Joel’s family and friends, this heartwarming collection will inspire and amuse readers while enhancing their faith in God’s goodness and eternal wisdom. The stories in The Christmas Spirit reflect that this Christian holiday is a celebration of family: God’s family, our own, and the diverse global family. Friends and families from near and far share faith and Christmas traditions: They laugh together. They grieve together. They support each other. They offer proof that the best way to overcome hurt and loneliness is to reach out to others who may be hurting and lonely, too. Joel’s unique stories and memories will encourage readers to savor their own Christmas memories, to share them with loved ones, and to create new memories and traditions that will be passed down for generations to come. For those feeling stressed, hurt, or lacking direction this holiday season, these heartwarming stories will serve as a healing balm and a guiding light to a more hopeful and peaceful holiday. Over the past decade, Joel Osteen has been called the Most Influential Christian in America by numerous publications and, in 2006, was named one of Barbara Walters’s Most Fascinating People. Hailed as “America’s voice of hope,” Joel Osteen is one of the most respected pastors in America. Each week 43,000 people attend his worship services at Lakewood Church in Houston, and his weekly inspirational program is seen by more than 7 million television viewers across America, along with tens of millions more in 200 nations throughout the world. This new book of stories from family and friends about Christmas will be cherished by readers everywhere.

Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

Author: Ace Collins
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310873886
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments.The golden traditions of Christmas—gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more—infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ.Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus’ birth. Discover how• after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus’ incarnation.• the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God.• the magi’s three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—are filled with spiritual symbolism.The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.

For the Love of Christmas

Author: Jeanne Bice
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN: 0757317286
Format: PDF, ePub
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For the Love of Christmas is a Yuletide treasure of heartwarming, true stories that will help us revel in the true meaning and spirit of the season.

The Spirit of Christmas

Author: Nicky Benson
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781848959064
Format: PDF, ePub
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It's Christmas! There'll be carols and candy canes and sparkling presents under the tree! But what about children whose families have no presents to give? Kind-hearted Drew wants to help them - but how? A magical story of how one little boy got a very special Giving Bag from Santa - and how his Christmas wish came true… Join in this charitable holiday tradition and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas. This gorgeous gift set includes a beautiful giving bag for your child to fill with toy donations for charity, and a keepsake bell from Santa to hang on your Christmas tree. With wonderful illustrations from Harry Potter illustrator, Jason Cockcroft, this stunning picture book set encourages children to think about giving to others at Christmas time.

In Search of the Real Spirit of Christmas

Author: Dan Schaeffer
Publisher: Discovery House
ISBN: 1572937165
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Every year we resolve to get into the "real" Christmas spirit. Yet Christmas seasons come and go, leaving us with vague pangs of regret. Why does it seem so hard? What are we missing? Familiarity can blind us to the unique power and glory of Christmas. Dan Schaeffer takes us beyond traditional trappings and into the wonder of the best gift of the season - the essence of Christmas. He offers a new lens of insightful observations about the first Christmas, adresses burnout in contemporary Christmas preparations, and gets beyond the story of Christmas to help us experience the spirit of Christmas.

A Season of Joy

Author: Susan Card
Publisher: Harvest House Pub
ISBN: 9780736901109
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Suggests ways to simplify the holiday season by spending more time with loved ones, creating special traditions, and focusing on the real meaning of Christmas