A string of secret Santas in Massachusetts made their way to local Toys "R" Us stores last week and paid thousands of their own dollars to pay off all of the stores' layaway orders in efforts to help families in financial need put gifts under the Christmas tree for their children.
The pay it forward-type of Christmas initiative took prominence last Wednesday at a Toys "R" Us in Bellingham, Massachusetts where an unidentified woman, known only as the "Layaway Angel" paid nearly $20,000 of her own money to bless hard working parents by closing out all of the store's 154 layaway orders. Each balance varied from just a few bucks to over a few hundred dollars.
One parent, who along with her kids is a beneficiary of the "Layaway Angel's" Christmas generosity, told the Milford Daily News that she was surprised when she received a call from Toys "R" Us telling her to come pick up her layaway order because her balance had already been paid for. more >>
A hilarious, and surprisingly inoffensive Saturday Night Live skit poking fun at characters one might meet at Christmas mass has "favorites" ranging from the friendly greeter with the oh-so-sweaty hands to the organist who can't quite find the right note.
The satirical advertisement for St. Joseph's church starts with this introduction: "It's Christmas and you know what that means: it's time for your annual trip to church with your parents. And you're in luck because this year St. Joseph's Church is going full throttle with our one-night only Christmas mass spectacular. We got appearances by all your church favorites."
The music changes from choral holiday music to a rock ballad as the narrator hypes up a somewhat ordinary service as the "Christmas Mass Spectacular." more >>
As soon as November begins and Thanksgiving is in sight, all of us in America know that it is time for the holidays. All the businesses surrounding our everyday lives switch up to their Christmas style decorations and products. Most of these products we use to fuel us during our shopping days.
It's a wonderful time of the year that we can all enjoy. Being cozy and warm during the cold winter day. Watching movies together as a family and most of all visiting family from all over. But, it is also the time of the year when we start to use our bank accounts frequently. Sometimes we may even go as far as putting a price tag on the people we love most. This is where problems occur most, along with stress.
A time of the year when we are supposed to be most joyful, suddenly turns into a time of stress and anxiety. But, why? What makes us become so filled with anxiety? more >>
Jessa Duggar, newly wed to Ben Seewald, released footage from their car ride to his home in Hot Springs, Arkansas, including Ben singing Christmas songs.
"This is what I get to listen to in the car! Love you, Babe!" Jessa wrote under a video of Ben singing songs including "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
The newlyweds wanted to visit Ben's family in Hot Springs after returning from their honeymoon. They earlier spent time with Jessa's family, having an in-house double date with sister Jill and her husband Derick before going to the Duggar family home for the annual Christmas celebration and recital. The Duggar family posted photos of the special event, with all the children taking part and sharing their talents with family and friends. more >>
A group of around 30 Hindu radicals reportedly attacked a Christian pastor and 15 of his church members singing Christmas carols in the Indian city of Hyderabad over the weekend, accusing the Christians of trying to convert people. The attack left Pastor Bhim Nayak of Banjara Baptist Church and four other Christians severely injured.
International Christian Concern reported that the attack occurred on Saturday night, when Nayak and his church members were singing carols while visiting other Christian families in the Singareny Colony in Hyderabad. The radicals surrounded the Christians and their vehicle, before accusing them of trying to forcefully convert people to Christianity.
What followed was a severe beating that left Nayak unconscious and covered in blood, needing to be taken to the hospital and receive first aid. The local hospital has said that the pastor remains in critical condition, while four other Christians injured in the attack are receiving medical attention as well. more >>
Kaitlyn Maher is 7 years old and putting big smiles on the faces of all those who listen. On Christmas Eve at her church's holiday service she sung "What Child Is This." Listen as she catches the ear of all those in the crowd.
This little girl's beautiful voice really serenades the audience listening. It's a beautiful thing to see God's young angel praising His name in front of others. Get ready to be wowed by this girl's performance and be sure to SHARE this with all those you love for the holiday.
Listen to this powerful performance below: more >>