Making Christmas Happy and Holy

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Making Christmas Happy and Holy.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of the Christmas season. We know in our hearts that this is supposed to be a time [Read More…]

How “Mary Poppins” Inspired One of the Best Comedy Writers of Our Era

Though much of the Mary Poppins-related attention today will be directed at the new Disney movie “Saving Mr. Banks,” I’m reminded of a different story about everybody’s favorite flying nanny and how she influenced someone I consider to be one of the best comedy writers of our era: Phil Rosenthal. If his name isn’t familiar [Read More…]

Holiness and Hootenannies on the Best Christmas Album of 2013

As a fan of The Lower Lights previous albums of folk-and-bluegrass-flavored hymns and Christmas classics, I looked forward to their newest Christmas offering called “The Lower Lights Sing Noel.” Happily, the album did not disappoint. While I very much enjoyed Kelly Clarkson’s new Christmas album, “The Lower Lights Sing Noel” qualifies as my pick for [Read More…]

Candace Cameron Bure Talks Jesus, Santa, Parenting, Priorities and Purpose

Actress Candace Cameron Bure, who grew up on television playing D.J. Tanner on the hit sitcom “Full House,” knows first-hand that you can create a Christ-centered Christmas for kids, while still enjoying Santa Claus and the commercial aspects of the holiday. That’s exactly what she does with her three children because it reflects how her [Read More…]