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How to Model the True Spirit of the Christmas Season for Your Children

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One of the concerns devout Christian parents have for their little ones during the Christmas season, aside from sugar highs, overpriced toys, and cabin fever on snow days, is that the true meaning of the holiday season can get lost in the frenzy.

For little ones, Christmas so quickly becomes about gifts, Christmas trees, sweets, and silly carols, it’s easy to worry they’ll entirely miss the point of celebrating the miracle birth of the Lord and Savior of all mankind.

Faithwire a few key points this week on how we as parents can demonstrate the true reason for the season to our children so that they never lose sight of why we celebrate this time of year.

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This time of year, your children are going to be bombarded with advertisements, movies, television shows, and songs that are entirely about the more secular, worldly aspects of Christmas, in a world where it becomes more and more taboo to talk about the birth of Christ himself.

For this reason, you can encourage your children to actively pursue good influences from adults who are better able to discern the spiritual meaning of the holiday season.

“Challenge your child to ask those around them, such as family members or teachers, what their favorite thing about the holidays are,” Faithwire suggests. “The more times they hear meaningful responses relating to an appreciation for family bonding or showing gratitude for traditions, the more conditioned they will become to associate the holidays with blessings beyond gifts.”

Afterward, you can ask your children to write their own list about their favorite aspects of the holiday season.

Be Intentional and Animated

Once your children start to learn that there’s more to the season than presents and sweets, fill this in with the true reason for the season: the Nativity story.

“Teaching your child about the origin of this holiday is vital in fostering their recognition that it exists for reasons beyond receiving gifts,” they explain. “Explain that the intentions of the parties thrown on or around Christmas are in honor of Jesus’ birthday. There are tons of kid-friendly storybooks that can teach the story of the birth of God’s son, the gifts of the Magi, and the significance this birth holds in their current life.”

Celebrate as Christ Would 

“Encourage your child to walk in Jesus’s footsteps as they celebrate during the holiday season, intentionally behaving with grace in order to experience its true meaning,” Faithwire explains.

Christ died selflessly on the Cross for all mankind. If we don’t honor this and live like Him during the holiday season, do we even follow Him?

This should ultimately be what you point your children to on every day of the year, so the holidays are no different. Take the opportunity when they are being wooed by the wonder and beauty of the holiday season to teach them that gift-giving and “Christmas cheer” are all about agape Christian love.

 

Most children love and adore Christmas, so make sure that as they grow up, they remember Christmas as a time that they connected with and glorified Christ their Savior!

 

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Christian Satire Site Strikes Back Against Snopes ‘Smear.’ Here’s How Snopes’ Responded.

Snopes just got put in their place. Good on you, Babylon Bee!

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Hilariously funny Christian satire site, the Babylon Bee, decided they had enough shenanigans from Snopes, the self-described “fact checking” site and the ongoing smear they launched against them, so they lawyered up, and boy, it didn’t take long for Snopes to change their tune. This just goes to show that we as conservatives and Christians shouldn’t be taking the attacks left-wing media launch at us lying down. The more we fight back, the more they surrender. via Daily Wire: “Last week, Snopes fact-checked us again,” the Bee told its readers Monday (h/t Ed Morrissey). “We’re pretty used to that. But this time, instead of merely rating the article ‘false,’ they questioned whether our work qualifies as satire, and even went so far as to suggest that we were deliberately deceiving our readers. Basically, they treated us as a source of intentionally misleading fake news, rather than as the legitimate, well-known satire publication that we are. This is a big deal.” The reason it’s a “big deal,” the site goes on to explain, is that Snopes has been given significant power over how platforms — particularly Facebook, for which Snopes has served as one of its “fake news” monitors — handle posts: As you know, fake news—which is distinguished from satire by its intent to mislead—was widely considered a serious issue in the last election cycle. As a result, social media networks like Facebook began partnering with fact-checkers to try and limit the distribution of fake news on their platforms. Snopes was one of them. At one point, a piece of ours was rated “false” by Snopes, prompting Facebook to threaten us with limitations and demonetization. We made a stink about this, and after some media attention shed light on the problem, Facebook apologized for their handling of the matter and…

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Argentine Photographer Captures INCREDIBLE Image of Christ-Like Cloud

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It cannot be denied that our world is in the midst of turmoil unlike anything we’ve seen in the past. From Birmingham to Beijing, we are seeing unprecedented poverty, crime, hate, violence, war, famine….you name it.  Combine these issues with a mainstream media who is salivating at the chance to rile us up for ratings and money, and the world becomes a downright scary place. Where do we turn when the world seems to shun us?  For some, the answers lie in the bottom of a bottle.  For others, it’s self-harm or outward violence. For many, however, their faith is their rock.  They turn to the religious world for answers to the questions that plague us today, and, often, they discover signs of encouragement. Such is the case today in Argentina. Monica Aramayo was in San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina when she noticed the holy figure shining through the thick clouds Social media user Mariela Romano said: “The Lord will soon come for us all and we should be ready. While another said: “Thanks for the image that allows us to keep on our path and have a better hope for tomorrow.” The photo has to be seen to be believed. https://twitter.com/faithdefender/status/1128809009153097728 The pose and grand scale of the image has reminded many observers of the famous Christ The Redeemer statue in Brazil. https://twitter.com/OtravelAI/status/1082513665700507648 And while the cloud formation certainly isn’t going to change the minds of the unfaithful, it does provide us all with a reminder that we are loved, and we must remain harmonious with one another on this turbulent little space rock.

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