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Remembering Christ at Christmas

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Seeing Christ in Christmas Traditions
Nativity Stories
Advent Trees and Calendars
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    “I was becoming cynical about many of our Christmas traditions, but your book has rescued me from that cynicism.  Thanks!”—LH
    “I particularly liked the 16 comparisons between Christ and Santa.”—S

In colonial America, Christmas was an unchristian holiday instead of a Christian holy day. Some traditions that people now feel take Christ out of Christmas were adopted or invented by good Christians wanting to bring Christ back into a Christmas.


    “I am amazed how the Christmas story has changed for me.  The possibility that Jesus was born in a ceremonially clean place where lambs meant for sacrifice in the temple were usually born, stirs feelings deep inside me ”—DH
    “I particularly enjoyed the information on the caravansary, as it related to Christ's birth (potentially) and the Good Samaritan story. Very enlightening.”—L


    “I especially liked the idea of an Advent tree and the 24 possible ornaments. Very well thought out.”—T
    “I like using Advent traditions to teach scripture and temple symbolism.”—M


    “This year we went to fewer activities so that we could have a merry ‘Mary’ Christmas at ‘the most Martha time of the year.’ Thanks!”—TA


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