An African-American high school student in New Mexico was left distraught after a teacher told him he can't dress up as Santa Claus because Santa is white. School officials have apologized and called it a "stupid mistake."
"This situation involves a teacher recently hired by Cleveland High who made – and admits he made – a stupid mistake," said Kim Vesely, the director of Rio Rancho Public Schools, in a statement. "The remark was inappropriate and should not have been made. The teacher feels very badly about what occurred. He self-reported the incident to the principal and has apologized to the student and to the student's parent. Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken."
The incident at Cleveland High School concerning freshman Christopher Rougier reportedly occurred last week during a school holiday dress-up day, according to CNN affiliate KOAT. His father, Michael, revealed that his son was "embarrassed" by the situation and now doesn't want anything to do with Christmas. more >>
A viral photo is circulating the Internet showing the Obama family laughing at the antics of an adorably dressed elf who evidently stole the show at the 32nd annual Christmas in Washington concert on Sunday evening.
Sunday's benefit event was hosted by actor Hugh Jackman for the Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., and included performances by Sheryl Crow, Janelle Monae, Backstreet Boys, Anna Kendrick and Pat Monahan.
After the Obamas helped collect presents for patients at the Children's National Medical Center, five of the hospital's patients, dressed as elves, stood with the first family in front of a large Christmas tree to have their photo taken. "Hey, you guys, you going to help us?' the first lady asked the elves as they approached for their picture. more >>
We all have family conflict and the holidays seem to be a time to pull them out. So, before you grab a turkey leg, warm up a mug of eggnog or trim the tree, you might want to check out these 10 ways to avoid a family feud this Christmas.
By Jay Lowder, Founder of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries
1. Just because you are "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" doesn't mean it's an occasion to be throwing stones. Divisive words are like bars on a castle. Be certain that the only thing you call a fruitcake or nut job is the food. more >>
Traditions during the holidays, especially Christmas, are symbolic for Christians. One that is more significant than any other for Christians during this season is to remember Christ Himself in celebrating his birth. Traditions are a great way to pass down the stories of faith through the generations.
We have many Christmas traditions that remind us of Christ; the sound of carols are the proclamation of rejoicing, and the evergreen tree is a reminder of the cross and the everlasting life we have in Jesus.
Other traditions such as the nativity remind us that God came as a man of flesh to take away the sins of the world. The gifts tell the story of the three wise men that came to adore the Son of God. more >>
The A&E network's "Duck Dynasty" Christmas special that aired this past Wednesday raked in close to a whopping 9 million viewers, finishing the show's record-breaking season before it returns again in January 2014.
Results from Wednesday's hour-long Christmas special at 10 p.m. showed the episode scored a total of 8.9 million viewers, with 4.5 million viewers among adults in the 18 to 49 age range, and 4.6 million viewers among adults in the 25 to 54 age range.
According to Deadline, Wednesday's success was a 40 percent spike from the show's 2012 Christmas special, which was still considered to be a smash hit among viewers. The show has broken numerous ratings records since it first premiered in 2012. In its season three finale in April, the show set a record with 9.6 million viewers. It was then deemed the most watched nonfiction cable telecast in history during its fourth season premiere in August with 11.8 million viewers. more >>
A Florida church has set a new Guinness World Record for the largest display of lit Christmas trees. Pembroke Pines' Oasis Church was certified as the record holder on Dec. 7 by judges who verified that, per the organization's rules, the 546 trees were lit simultaneously for at least 10 minutes.
Debby Brown, the church's director of women's and children's ministries, said the church originally acquired the trees with the intention of giving them away to people who could not afford to purchase their own this year.