We have collected holiday greetings released by some of today's best-known figures in politics, music, and movies.
1. Kelly Clarkson
Newlywed and pregnant, Kelly Clarkson posed with her husband Brandon Blackstock and her stepchildren in a Christmas card posted to Twitter this year. more >>
An atheist group is demanding a Florida City Hall remove its nativity display, arguing that its presence on government property is an unconstitutional union of church and state. Residents and officials in the city are fighting back, however, demanding that the display stay on City Hall premises and arguing that America needs to take back its rights to religious freedom and free speech.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation claims that earlier in December it received notification of a nativity scene on City Hall property in Chipley, Fla., nearly 90 miles west of Tallahassee. The organization, which demands the separation of church and state in the public square, then reportedly sent a letter to Chipley's government officials requesting that they remove the nativity scene.
"The Supreme Court has ruled it impermissible to place a nativity scene as the sole focus of a display on government property," the FFRF reportedly wrote in an email to Chipley Mayor Linda Cain, according to WJHG-TV. Andrew Seidel, an attorney for the FFRF, added to the local WMBB-TV that "erecting a display with a message that's central to the Christian religion can only be seen as an endorsement of that message." more >>
The Baby Jesus has been kicked off Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, according to an organization who relishes any opportunity to eradicate Christianity from the U.S. military.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation praised officials at Shaw Air Force Base for removing a Nativity scene located near Memorial Lake on Friday. The traditional Nativity included plastic statues of Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus and an assortment of animals.
Apparently, an undisclosed number of Airmen were so emotionally troubled by the sight of a manger scene that they immediately notified the MRFF. more >>
Jesus led an unhurried life, says author and pastor Alan Fadling, who makes the case in his book, An Unhurried Life - Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest, by pointing to Scripture, other Christian leaders with the same belief, and his own experiences. In an effort to encourage others to combat the all too frequent surge in stress during the Christmas season, the Southern California certified spiritual director has a Top 10 list of ways to have an unhurried Christmas season.
"After waiting thirty years to begin his ministry, his first ministry act was to follow the Spirit into forty days in the wilderness," writes Fadling in the opening chapter of his book. "His own brothers urged him to do some publicity if he wanted to be a public figure, but Jesus didn't bite (John 7:4-6). He seemed frustratingly unhurried on his way to heal the synagogue official's daughter (Mark 5:22-43) and to visit his sick friend Lazarus, who died during Jesus' two-day delay (John 11:1-43). His sense of timing often puzzled those around him."
In introducing his "Top 10 Ways to Have an Unhurried Christmas Season" to The Christian Post, he states, "These suggestions are not meant as more items for your already too long holiday to do list. These are ways to approach these upcoming weeks from a different spirit – with a more unhurried, relaxed, and peaceful heart." more >>
This hilarious and unique take to Christmas songs is sure to have you smiling for a while as the Canadian band Walk off the Earth plays "Little Drummer Boy" with the help of dogs.
Watch this video below, and share it if it brings Christmas cheer to your heart.more >>
The hit A&E reality series "Duck Dynasty" will be showing its annual Christmas special on Wednesday and sneak peek previews for the episode indicate that it will be full of crazy gifts, unusual holiday meals and lots of quirky redneck traditions, including the Robertson family participating in a live Nativity scene.
The hour-long special airing at 10 p.m. E.T. will feature all of the Robertsons participating in Christmas cheer through food preparation and gift shopping, among other activities, such as gathering around to partake in a live Nativity scene. In a promotional clip for the special Christmas episode, Willie Robertson, the CEO of the family duck call business, says he doesn't want much for the holidays, but would like to add to his gun and knife collection.
"I like unique gifts that people give me as long as they're from the heart," Willie Robertson said in the episode's teaser clip, posted online. "They don't have to be expensive or anything, just something that's had some thought put into it. When I get something like that, it's pretty special. However, guns and knives are always fun." more >>