CHRISTMAS
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'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE JESUS WAS BORN
A LETTER FROM JESUS

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THE TRUE STORY OF RUDOLPH

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TEACH THE CHILDREN
(The true meaning of the season)




CRECHE
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI CRECHE

SYMBOLS OF CHRISTMAS AND THERE MEANING
Candy Canes
Mistletoe and Holly
Poinsettas
Nativity
Bells
Angels
Carols
Chrismon
Colors of Christmas
Santa-elves-reindeer
gifts and Wise Men
Wreaths
Candles and Lights
Star
Nutcracker
Christmas Tree
Christmas Food
bow on a Gift
WHY DECEMBER 25TH
The idea to celebrate Christmas on December 25 originated in the 4th century. The Catholic Church wanted to eclipse the festivities of a rival pagan religion that threatened Christianity's existence. The Romans celebrated the birthday of their sun god, Mithras during this time of year. Although it was not popular, or even proper, to celebrate people's birthdays in those times, church leaders decided that in order to compete with the pagan celebration they would themselves order a festival in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the actual season of Jesus' birth is thought to be in the spring, the date of December 25 was chosen as the official birthday celebration as Christ's Mass so that it would compete head on with the rival pagan celebration. Christmas was slow to catch on in America. The early colonists considered it a pagan ritual. The celebration of Christmas was even banned by law in Massachusetts in colonial days.
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Why Jesus is better than Santa
BACK TO ADVENT TO CHRISTMAS
C- is for the Christ child born on Christmas day
H- is for Hark Angels in the Night
R- means Our Redeemer
I - means Isreal
S - means Shepherds came
T - is for THREE wise men they who traveled far
M - is for the manger where he lay
A - is ALL He stands for
S - means Shepherds came
Santa lives at the North Pole...       JESUS is everywhere.
Santa rides in a sleigh...      JESUS rides on the wind and      walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year...       JESUS is an ever present help.
Santa fills your stockings with goodies...       JESUS supplies all your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited...       JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.
You have to wait in line to see Santa...       JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.
Santa lets you sit on his lap...       JESUS lets you rest in His arms.
Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, what's your name?"...
     JESUS knew our name before we were born.  Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly...       JESUS has a heart full of love
All Santa can offer is HO HO HO...      JESUS offers health, help and hope.
Santa says "You better not cry"...       JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you."
Santa's little helpers make toys...      JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.
Santa may make you chuckle but...      JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree...      JESUS became our gift and died on a tree...the cross.
We need to put Christ back in CHRISTmas, Jesus is still the reason for the season.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
WHY JESUS IS BETTER THAN SANTA CLAUS?
10 COMMANDMENTS OF CHRISTMAS
12 days of CHRISTMAS
Where the song
Silent Night comes
from?