Rise to the Moment of Truth Sunday, February 25, 2024

Tag: CHRISTMAS

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Phil Williams: The Christmas truce

Christmas has a way of changing things. As surely as the history and faith of the world changed in a lowly Bethlehem manger over 2,000 years ago, there are still moments today that cannot be explained except to say that the spirit of Christmas overcame the worst of circumstances.

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Birthday on December 25: Jimmy Buffett, Humphrey Bogart, 1/365 of the population

If you are one of the 1/365th of the population who share a birthdate with Jesus, what do your people do about observing your December 25 birthday?

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If you ain’t first, you’re last: Was Alabama the first state to designate Christmas as a legal holiday?

Though Christmas has been celebrated by Christians on December 25 since at least the 4th century, it did not become a federal holiday in the United States until President Ulysses S. Grant signed it into law in 1870.

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Will Sellers: The failure of the Pilgrims’ first Christmas

The Pilgrims’ first Christmas in the New World was remarkable, but not for the reasons you’d think. On December...

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NORAD ready to track Santa Claus for 68th year

Christmas Eve becomes the busiest day of the year for NORAD, as millions of families around the world track Santa's journey via the NORAD Santa Tracker.

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Luke: The Christmas Story

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And...

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Jim Zeigler: Things have changed since Charles Dickens’ 'A Christmas Carol' 180 years ago

December 19 is the 180th anniversary of the publication of “A Christmas Carol.” A lot has changed since then

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Barry Moore: Biden a 'real Scrooge' — 42% of business owners say they can no longer give Christmas bonuses

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) called President Joe Biden a “Scrooge” on Monday after a survey revealed that 42% of business owners who normally award Christmas bonuses to their employees can’t afford to do so this year.

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John W. Giles: Advent and the whimsical nature of Christmas

In the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day, churches that observe ancient liturgy light candles each week of Advent, all of which have significant meaning.

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Ashley Carter: In the kitchen at Christmas

From the first chop to the final dish and every playful moment in between, our shared kitchen recipes become more than a seasonal tradition; they celebrate the strong bonds that define us and the legacy we continue to build.

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PHOTO TOUR: Foley dubbed 'Town in Hallmark Christmas Movie'

The city of Foley is getting national attention after an animal-lovers website ranked it on the list of “9 Small Towns that Belong in a Hallmark Christmas Movie.”

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Sean of the South: Christmas cheer

I was 15 years old. I walked into the rural library. My father was freshly dead. I was a middle-school dropout. We were poor. It was Christmastime.

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Jim Zeigler: A family Christmas tree farm in Alabama

Many folks think that Christmas trees cannot be grown in Alabama; that it takes the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Well, here is my story of growing one of Alabama’s early Christmas tree farms – the Zeigler Christmas Tree Farm outside of Sylacauga.

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Joey Clark: Christmas decorations are useless things

When shrewd prudence comes to rule the mind like a tyrant, it will destroy everything that it deems useless, admiring only itself in its attempts to conscript the entire world as a function of its cold discernment and machine mind.

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An invaluable Christmas gift you can share with others now, and it’s free

Alabama folks are sharing a Christmas gift to others throughout the month of December. They are spreading this message through Facebook, other social media and email.

Santa's Workshop 2022 was so successful, Fostering Together had to rent a building to store toys for 2023. Photo: Fostering Together Gulf Coast Facebook page. Alabama News
Fostering Together Gulf Coast collecting toys for foster and adoptive families for Christmas

This Christmas, foster children in Alabama deserve to feel at home and celebrate with their foster families. That’s why one South Alabama non-profit is doing what it can to help make that happen.

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Kids to Love working to bring Christmas to foster children

Kids to Love, a non-profit that supports foster children in Alabama, is holding its annual Christmas for Kids ornaments program.

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'There's just something special about him': East Alabama child collects items for those in need instead of asking for Christmas gifts

For those who remember going through the old “Sears Christmas Wish Book” and circling all of the toys they wanted from Santa as a child, there is no doubt that kids have a little extra hope during the Christmas season. But for one east Alabama child, hope was something he gave to others in 2022.

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Police warn of thieves monitoring Christmas trash for an easy opportunity

With all of the goodies you received this Christmas, comes a lot of trash. There are wrapping paper scraps, gift bags and boxes. But disposing of those items could be an invite for thieves, police say.

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Ashley Carter: A Christmas tree wish

This past week, my family and I took a short trip to the mountains. While we were there, we visited a few stores and did some shopping. I was taken aback by the small tree filled with hand-written wishes as I entered one of the stores.

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St. Nicholas: Separating man from myth

He existed in the most significant period of the early Church, which saw tremendous Christian persecution and the establishment of the first Christian creeds.

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Randy Tatano: Yippee-ki-yay, Merry Christmas!

I just need two things for a perfect Christmas… great food and an action movie in which things explode.

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Amie Beth Shaver: And we know that hope does not disappoint

For the believer, our hope is placed in a person, born on December 25, over 2,000 years ago.

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Matt Clark: The incarnation and the problem of pain

If you’re dealing with the problem of pain this Christmas, remember that Christ’s birth is the proof that God does indeed care. 

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Joey Clark: Grown men don’t cry on Christmas

Usually when people say “goodbye,” they don’t actually mean it. Most of the world’s farewells are like that — a matter of courtesy born of habit — goodbyes that at best carry the hope of “until we meet again, my friend.” 

Christmas Tree Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Christmas Tree Wars — Real vs. artificial

After 20 straight days of vacuuming and watching the cat climb the Christmas tree, my mother had reached the end of her rope and said goodbye to real Christmas trees forever.

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Ashley Carter: Christmas traditions

With the Christmas season upon us, many are trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on their lists. I myself have been in the very same situation. I stopped recently and thought about all the things I got as a child and honestly can’t remember many of the gifts.

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