Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure's latest Hallmark movie, "Christmas Under Wraps," broke records for the channel, and Bure took to social media to thank her millions of fans and God.
"You guys…. I just can't even…. I'm so humbled by this. I don't even know what to say," Bure posted to her Facebook page on Tuesday. "I'm so grateful and so excited and so blessed. All praise and glory to God for He provides every single step. Thank you all for watching! You made this happen!"
The made-for-TV movie's premiere on Saturday drew in 5.8 million viewers and a 5.0 household rating, which makes it cable's top-rated original movie of the year and the second most-watched. It also set records for Hallmark Channel. Bure actually executive produced the film as well as played the lead character, a doctor who moves to Alaska to start life anew but finds herself having to choose between her new life and her old one. more >>
It is almost that time of the year -- time for cheer, giving, presents, family, Christmas trees, and most of all, the LIGHTS!
Christmas lights are always a great way to make the atmosphere more festive. Especially the lights used on this house. They actually move to the beat of the music! Richard Holdman of Utah designed and programmed this impressive light show. He calls it "The Amazing Grace Christmas House." It's a must-see video for the holiday season that is worth watching more than once.
Check out this unique Amazing Grace light show below: more >>
American Atheists has launched a billboard campaign in several Bible Belt states urging people to skip church this Christmas and stop listening to "fairy tales."
"Even children know churches spew absurdity, which is why they don't want to attend services. Enjoy the time with your family and friends instead," said American Atheists President David Silverman. "Today's adults have no obligation to pretend to believe the lies their parents believed. It's OK to admit that your parents were wrong about God, and it's definitely OK to tell your children the truth."
The new billboards feature an image of a young girl writing a letter to Santa Claus, which reads: "Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I'm too old for fairy tales." more >>
Depression affects nearly 14.8 million people in the United States. Karl Benzio, founder of the addiction and mental health counseling helpline the Lighthouse Network, said depression and loneliness can be heightened during the holiday season.
"It's a lot easier for us to remember and connect those past traumas to significant events like holidays or a birthday or anniversary," said the Christian psychiatrist. Those traumatic connections are especially common during the winter season, Benzio said, because "since there are a bunch of holidays that occur in a row, it's very easy to attach those traumatic experience to holiday experiences, giving us a heightened alert system or defense system as those holiday come around the corner."
Benzio believes those prone to loneliness, isolation, depression or anger during this time of year can benefit from a range of therapies from talk therapy to medication. His non-profit Lighthouse Network links individuals struggling with addictions or psychological and emotional problems to counseling, rehabilitation centers, and psychiatric care facilities. However he also believes in the power of God's word and the impact Christian principles such as forgiveness can have on the hurting. more >>
Holiday cheer can be hard to muster when there's chaos in the air. With the addition of more tasks and less time than usual, 'tis the season that puts a squeeze on our emotions, priorities and finances. Some men paint on a grin and roll through the routine with low expectations. Others face demons from the past, broken families, pressures and circumstances that bring up pain.
For many, it's not survival of the fittest; it's just a matter of survival.
Holidays can be so much more. Allow me to tweak your perspective this year, starting with T-Day. more >>
Franklin Graham reminisced about his Christmas traditions growing up with evangelist Billy Graham and Ruth Graham for parents, and shared how Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes make Christmas equally special for children around the world during an interview with pastor Greg Laurie at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, on Sunday.
Speaking with Laurie about holiday traditions, the Samaritan's Purse CEO said growing up as one of five children in the Graham household his mother, Ruth, loved to decorate the house for Christmas. He remembered, "The house was always decorated to the hilt. We had the stockings."
Franklin, who admittedly had a mischievous side as a child, recalled: "I remembered on year I got ashes and switches in mine." more >>