Ultimate Christmas Countdown – Thursday, December 24, 2015 (Christmas Eve)

1 Day Until Christmas!

Song: “Silent Night,” by Mahalia Jackson
Christmas Album: “New Young Messiah,” by Various Artists
Christmas DVD: “The Nativity Story”
Netflix Movie: “The Preacher’s Wife”
Amazon Prime Movie: “Miracle on 34th Street” (1959 TV Version)
A Christmas StoryFeeln Movie: “Christmas With Holly”
On TV:
• Bahamas Bowl, Middle Tennessee (7-5) vs. Western Michigan (7-5), Nassau, noon, ESPN
• “A Christmas Reunion,” 5 p.m., ION
• “Scrooged,” 5 p.m., AMC
• “Santa Buddies,” 5 p.m., WGN
Its-a-Wonderful-Life• “The Toy Story That Time Forgot,” 6 p.m., ABC Family
• “A Christmas Story 2,” 6 p.m., CMT (Marathon begins and continues until 2 a.m. Christmas Day)
• “A Bride for Christmas,” 6 p.m., Hallmark
• “Last Chance for Christmas,” 6 p.m., Lifetime
• “The Christmas Consultant,” 6 p.m., LMN
• “Christmas Icetastrophe,” 6 p.m., Charlie Brown ChristmasSyFy
• “Black Nativity,” 6:20 p.m., HBO
• “Christmas Vacation,” 6:30 p.m., ABC Family
• “A Christmas Story,” 7 p.m., TNT (Marathon begins and continues until 7 p.m. Christmas Day)
• “A Christmas Carol (1951),” 7 p.m., FXM
• “West Point Holiday Special,” 7 p.m., Fox News
• “A Prince for Christmas,” 7 p.m., ION
• “Christmas With the Kranks,” 7 p.m., AMC
• “Braxton Family Christmas,” 7 p.m., WE
• “Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups,” 7 p.m., WGN
• “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 8 p.m., ABC
• “A Christmas Story,” 8 p.m., TBS (Marathon begins and continues until 7 p.m. Christmas Day)
• “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 8 p.m., NBC
• “The Bishop’s Wife,” 8 p.m., TCM
• “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” 8 p.m., CW
• Hawai’i Bowl, Cincinnati (7-5) vs. San Diego State (10-3), Honolulu, 8 p.m., ESPN
• “The Five Christmas Special,” 8 p.m., Fox News
• “Matchmaker Santa,” 8 p.m., Hallmark
• “The Flight Before Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime
• “The Road to Christmas,” 8 p.m., LMN
• “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!” 8 p.m., Disney
• “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas,” 8 p.m., MTV
• San Diego at Oakland, 8:25 p.m., NFL
• “Elf,” 8:45 p.m., ABC Family
• “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown,” 9 p.m., ABC
• “Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” 9 p.m., PBS
• “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” 9 p.m., WGN
• “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” 9 p.m., Disney 😄
• “A Christmas Wedding Date,” 9 p.m., ION
• “Jingle All the Way,” 9 p.m., AMC
• “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 10 p.m., ABC
• “Auntie Mame,” 10 p.m., TCM
• “The Nativity: Facts, Fictions and Faith,” 11 p.m., Fox News
• “Christmas Eve at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome,” 11:35 p.m., NBC
• “May Peace Prevail on Earth: An Interfaith Christmas Special,” 11:35 p.m., CBS
Recipe: Cider Brined Turkey with Maple-Cider Glaze

Full Ultimate Countdown List (to date)

Quick Thought for Christmas 

Read

Matthew 2:1-12

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
Matthew 2:10

Reflect

I grew up in the church, the son of an Episcopal priest and a worship musician. When the doors were open, I was in church. And yet, when I was 17 years old, I still had not made a personal decision to follow Christ.

The summer before my senior year, my Mom took me to a Christian youth conference where a speaker named Billy Mayo was preaching. That night, everything seemed to click for me. It all made sense. And I had a choice to make – to dismiss what God was putting on my heart, or to believe and follow Him.

That night, June 17, 1984, I made my choice – to place my faith and trust in Jesus Christ. And ever since then, so much changed. The music was the same. The scriptures were the same. The preaching was the same. But it all meant so much more. For the first time in my life I truly worshiped God, “in spirit and in truth,” as they say.

For me, I first saw the Christmas star in June 1984, and my heart was filled with joy like I’d never know. We’re told that the shepherds and wise men also saw that star when it was in the sky over Bethlehem, and when they saw it – knowing what it truly meant – they “rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”

If you’re a follower of Christ, you know what that joy is like. But if you aren’t, you’ll never understand how truly wonderful Christmas can be. A Christmas spent following Christ is the most rewarding experience you can possibly have. And for believers, that goes on not just for one day, but every day throughout the year, every year.

This Christmas, give yourself the best Christmas present possible. Seek the star of Christ and let His joy live on in your heart.

 

Reflection  copyright © 2015 by Doug DeBolt.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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About Doug DeBolt

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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