by Tamera Lynn Kraft
I love Christmas. I love everything about it. It is my favorite time of the year, always has been. My family claims I remind them of Elf in the movie at this time of year. Embarrassingly, I see the resemblance. Here are 10 of my favorite Christmas things.
Favorite Christmas Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
No contest here. I love old movies, WW2 era, sappy Christmas movies, and Jimmy Stewart. Put them all together, and you have this movie.
Favorite Christmas Novel: The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
I love Dickens, and I believe this is one of his best novels. The novel is so much better than all the movies.
Favorite Christmas Decoration: Christmas Putz
I used to consider my Santa collection my favorite, but when I started studying about the Moravians and how they include Nativities in their Christmas Villages, I started putting together a putz. I’m pretty happy with the way it’s turning out.
Favorite Christmas Tree: Artificial lifelike Green with colored lights.
I love the real trees, but they play havoc on my allergies. So I settle for green trees that look like the real thing. I like the brightly colored lights more than the white lights.
Favorite Children’s Christmas Pageant: Santa Bowed at Christmas
I did this pageant with the children in my church when my daughter was about 11 years old. She played one of the starring roles. The play is a very special story about a department store Santa accepting Jesus in his heart and finding the real meaning of Christmas. What made it even more special was it was the year my husband got saved – and he played Santa in the play. When Santa bowed at the manger, there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.
Favorite Christmas Video: Social Media Christmas
Bring a lump to my throat every year. See for yourself.
Favorite Christmas Gift: A book of course.
Favorite Traditional Christmas Carol: O Holy Night
It changes every year.
Favorite Modern Christmas Rendition: Transiberian Orchestra’s Carol of the Bells
Favorite Christmas Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-3, 6-7
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.