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Last Minute Christmas Gift…Take Your Dream Out of Layaway (Amazon.com)

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The perfect last minute Christmas gift, Take Your Dream out of Layaway, by Joni Hudson-Reynolds. Available at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Books A Million.com

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Ben Stein’s thoughts on the Holiday Trees

Interesting perspective that i agree with:

Ben Stein. Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year, which prompted Ben Stein, to say, on CBS Sunday Morning:
My confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a nativity scene, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her ‘How could God let something like this happen?’ (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?’

In light of recent events… terrorist attacks, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell.
Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.

Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it…. no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what a bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

Merry Christmas Everyone from Ebony Mom Politics

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I’m up early this Christmas morning. Back in the day it was because the children were at the door knocking wanting to go downstairs and see if Santa had fulfilled their wishlist. Now it is quiet as the kids sleep in. It gives me a chance to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. Every year a member of my church bakes a pound cake for me and my family. The cake is delicious but the fact that she cares enough to make it for me makes it so special. It simply something I look forward to every year. It’s a small gesture but it is an act of love. This holiday I encourage each of you to that…a simple act of love. You might have spent a fortune on gifts or maybe you didn’t spend anything, but one thing we all can do today is show love. Remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season. He was and is love so show some love today. Merry Christmas.

Kids registering for Christmas Gifts?

Yes, you can register your child for Christmas gifts at Toys R Us. Would you do it? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

http://www.today.com/moms/kids-holiday-gift-registries-practical-or-grabby-2D11729735

Christmas is About Love

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For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believe on him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
This is the premise of Christmas. God loves us and he sent his son so that we might be save, but he also gave us freewill so it is our choice to accept or reject the gift. This real spirit of Christmas has almost been lost in the fog of commercialism. The other night I watched the Peanuts Christmas special. It was made in 1965 and even then Charlie Brown was lamenting the over commercialization of Christmas. If that was an issue over 40 years ago then 2012 has truly jumped the shark. We have more, but we still want more. I am not advocating a “no” gift Christmas. I love giving and receiving, but who are we giving presents to? Is it our family of four and no more? I found it interesting that in light of the Newtown tragedy people were sending gifts to the town. So many gifts that the village of Newtown had to tell people to stop sending them, but it is ironic that there are people in every town and every city in need. There are children who would love a teddy bear in every urban city and every small town. Charity begins at home and then it spreads abroad. Ordinary people have the ability to do extraordinary things, but they have to be willing to try. So this year I hope you celebrate the real reason for the season, and I encourage you to spread a little love to all that you encounter today.

Is there a War on Christmas? Atheists Billboard in Times Square: Keep the Merry! Dump the Myth

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NBC Professional Nancy Snyderman wants to take the “Christ” out of Christmas

This morning on the Today Show “Professionals segment”, Matt Lauer led the discussion of outsourcing some of the tasks associated with Christmas. He said that you can get people to pick your tree, decorate your tree, write out your Christmas cards etc. He then asked Star Jones,  Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman to comment on it. Jones said that she honors the religious aspect of the holiday and then Snyderman said that’s the part of the holiday that bugs to which Jones replied “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” Lauer seemed a little taken aback by Snyderman’s remark. The question is do you spend any time honoring the reason for the season or is it just an opportunity to get and give gifts? Share your thoughts.

 

CLIP FROM THE SHOW

http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50158256#50158256

Happy Birthday Jesus…Against the Rules?

During the holidays we see inflatable Santas, lighted reindeers and other over the top displays of the holidays, but what happens when you put up a small sign that says Happy Birthday Jesus? Well in one community that sign is viewed as a violation of the Home Owners Association rules.  This sign could be interpreted to simply be decorations but it is being viewed as a violation. Is this fair? Is this an assault on Christianity or is this simply a community trying to make sure signs are not displayed throughout their community. Tell me what you think. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/28/AR2010122804199.html?referrer=emailarticle

Christmas 2010-Why I Believe

The gifts are unwrapped and it is time to start cooking. Everyone is happy with what they received.  We are so blessed and so thankful because we know the real reason for the season, and we believe in the miracle of Jesus. Throughout the year I will debate political topics and often after reading some of the comments I might have a change of heart, but I don’t debate my faith. You either believe or you don’t. That’s the beauty of it you can accept it or reject it, it is up to you. Now it is time to stop blogging and start cooking. To Everyone who reads the blog have a Merry Christmas and we’ll get back to politics next week.

Do You Miss Christmas Cards?

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I can remember my parents getting hundreds of Christmas cards, but that was when they cost next to nothing to mail. For the past few years I received less every year. I know we live in the tech world, and people can email, post on Facebook, and send out tweets, but it was something about receiving those cards that added to the magic of the holidays and I miss that.  Even when you get an electronic card you are afraid to open it for fear it contains a virus. You didn’t have to worry about acts of terror when you received a card via snail mail. Some of the cards had photos of the kids and you could see how they had grown from year to year.  It is hard to see how companies like Hallmark are surviving. It’s just another thing to file in the “remember when” file which seems to be growing increasingly larger.