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Cosmic Christmas
Written by Max Lucado and Narrated by Tom Dooley

© 1997 by Max Lucado and Word Publishing, Nashville, TN USA
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Santa Claus
and the
Baby Jesus

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Let's talk about making room for Santa Claus and the Baby Jesus at Christmas time.

My four kids were raised in a Christian home and dedicated to the Lord. And they still wrote letters to Santa Claus, sat on his lap to have their pictures taken at the mall, and hung their stockings on the mantle.

However, we never told them Santa really landed on the roof in a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer, and brought presents down the chimney Christmas eve. For them, Santa was always make-believe, just like so many other things in a child's life.

But there is a supernatural story at Christmas time: when a Baby was born in a Bethlehem stable, shepherds heard about it from a choir of angels, and wise men followed a miraculous star right up to His front door.

You see, parents, if you wait till your kids get older to tell them Santa is only make believe ­­ what are you going to say about the other supernatural part of the Christmas story? They may be tempted to think that's only make-believe, too!

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...Meanwhile, Dutch settlers had brought to the New World the custom of celebrating St. Nicholas' Day on December 6, and especially St. Nicholas' Eve, when gifts were given to children, of whom the saint was patron. British settlers took over the tradition as part of their Christmas eve celebration. The English name of the legendary jolly, red-garbed man who delivers presents to good children at Christmas, Santa Claus, is derived from the Dutch Sinterklaas, a modification of Sint Nikolaas.
"Christmas," Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.

Twas the Night before Jesus Came
A poem transcribed from a CD released
by Milk & Honey, Franklin, TN

Twas the night before Jesus came, and all through the house,
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.

Their Bibles were put on the shelf without care,
In hopes that Jesus would never come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Without ever kneeling or bowing a head.

Mom in her rocker with Sue on her lap,
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there rose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.

With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray,
I knew in a moment this must be the day.

The light of His face made me cover my head,
It was Jesus, returning just like He said.

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand,
Was written the name of every saved man. [person]

He spoke not a word as He searched for my name,
When He said "It's not Here," my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love,
He gathered to take to His Father above.

With those who were ready, He rose with no sound,
While all the rest were left on the ground.

I fell to my knees but it was too late;
I'd waited too long and thus sealed my fate.

I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only we'd been ready tonight!

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear:
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.

There's only one life; when comes the last call;
We'll find that the Bible was true after all.

 

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