Word Sharpeners Week – December 21, 2015

My son made this Nativity in preschool 30 years ago.

My son made this Nativity in preschool 30 years ago.

Word Sharpeners News: I hope you’re all ready for Christmas. I am. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Christmas things with you.

My favorite movie: It’s a Wonderful Life

My favorite Christmas novel/story: The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

My favorite contemporary Christmas carol: Breathe of Heaven

My favorite old Christmas hymn: O Holy Night

My favorite fun Christmas song: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.

My favorite Christmas tree: artificial green spruce with colored lights

My favorite Christmas dinner: roast beef, mashed potatoes, noodles, gravy, corn, dinner rolls, and chocolate birthday cake for desert.

Find my guest blog posts on these sites:

Colonial Quills: Christmas at Schoebrunn in 1773

Tiaras and Tennis Shoes: Moravian Christmas Traditions

Picture of the Week: This picture is of my Christmas putz.

PutzThis is the Moravian Star on top of my Christmas tree.

Moravian Star

And here’s my tree all lit up.

Tree 2015

Verse of the Week: Luke 2:1-21 (ESV)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b] who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Video of the Week: Social Network Christmas

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About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.

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