A tall evergreen pine tree has been the symbol of Christmas for centuries, going back to pre-Christian concepts of renewal even in bleak Northern European winters.
Christmas trees can be impressive and much sought after, though not always within financial reach for families.
In an episode of the primetime ABC television series "What Would You Do?" a woman played the role of an injured single mother who brought her kids to look for a Christmas tree. more >>
Last Easter, I wrote a post about "11 Reasons Pastors Struggle on Easter." Now, the Christmas season is upon us. Despite all the fun of this holiday, this time of year can also be difficult for pastors.
Here are several reasons why:
1. The season feels like it goes on for too long. more >>
The American Atheists group is posting billboards in two cities ahead of Christmas, calling on believers to be naughty and "skip church."
"We want people to know that going to church has absolutely nothing to do with being a good person," American Atheists President David Silverman said in a statement Monday about the billboards, which are located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
"The things that are most important during the holiday season — spending time with loved ones, charity, and being merry — have nothing to do with religion." more >>
As part of a tradition that's grown every year, Willow Creek Community Church members spent their Sunday morning filling bags for Christmas care packages that will be distributed to the 70,000 men and women living in Illinois' state prisons.
"This year we set the goal of putting a gift into the hands of every prisoner in the state of Illinois by packing 70,000 gift packs," Heather Larson, executive pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, told The Christian Post on Monday.
"For the last two years, the Willow Creek Care Center provided Christmas prison packs to 20,000 inmates (2013), and 32,000 (2014), inmates in Illinois. After receiving hundreds of letters from prisoners it was clear that we needed to do more," Larson said. more >>
Technology giant Microsoft has released a commercial in which the popular song "Let There Be Peace on Earth" is performed with the reference to God omitted.
A television commercial posted on YouTube last week featured Microsoft employees and a children's choir singing the song to employees at an Apple store.
An Alabama lawmaker, Alan Harper, has called on his constituents to stop shopping at convenience stores that are not owned by Americans as they travel during this Christmas season, suggesting those store owners send profits back to countries that cause "death and destruction" in the United States.
"I have posted regarding this issue once before and believe it worth another read," wrote Harper, a Republican from Aliceville representing Tuscaloosa and Pickens counties in the Alabama House, on his Facebook page.
Harper was earlier a Democrat but switched to the Republican Party in 2012. more >>