Ultimate Christmas Countdown – Thursday, December 22, 2016

3 Days Until Christmas!

A Christmas StorySong: “Welcome to Our World,” by Chris Rice
Christmas Album: “Christmas,” by Mannheim Steamroller
Christmas DVD: “A Christmas Story”
Netflix Movie: “Serendipity”
Amazon Prime Movie: “Miracle on 34th Street (1959 TV version)”
Feeln Movie: “A Season for Miracles”
On TV:
• “A Christmas Carol,” 5:30 p.m., AMC
• “On the 12th Day of Christmas,” 6 p.m, Hallmark
• “Elf,” 6:45 p.m., FreeForm
• Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Idaho vs. Colorado State, Boise, Idaho, 7 p.m., ESPN
• “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” 7 p.m., DisneyXD
• “Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” 7:25 p.m., Starz
• “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 8 p.m, ABC
• “Terry Crews Saves Christmas,” 8 p.m., CW
• “Deck the Halls,” 8 p.m., AMC
• “Home Alone: The Holiday Heist,” 8 p.m., Disney
• “My Christmas Love,” 8 p.m., Hallmark
• “Holiday Affair,” 8 p.m., TCM
• NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m., NBC
• “Jingle All the Way,” 8:55 p.m., FreeForm
• “Remember the Night,” 9:45 p.m., TCM
• “I’m Not Ready for Christmas,” 10 p.m., Hallmark
• “A Christmas Carol (1951),” 11:30 p.m., TCM
Recipe
: Roasted Chestnut Sausage Dressing

Quick Thought for Christmas 

Read

Luke 2:8-15

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!”
Luke 2:13-14

Reflect

From the beginning of creation, God knew how things would turn out. He could see to the end of time, and so He was fully aware that mankind would need a Savior – His Son, Jesus Christ. So Christmas Day was something that was in the works for thousands of years, a day that all of Heaven was anticipating.

The host of angels had to have been preparing for this day, waiting eagerly to come to Earth to proclaim the King’s birth. And when that day came, it had to have been a true honor to be in the choir that sang out, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

There are a lot of earthly things that we might say are awe-inspiring and wonderful.


The Grand Canyon
Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights.

A sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.

A sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

And there are times that we have heard glorious things that stir our souls, like Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or a more soulful version from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

Honestly, nothing we can imagine could possibly compare to the worship provided by the angelic host that first Christmas Eve. (But the good news is that same worship is in store for us one day when we arrive in Heaven.)

The real lesson here is that the first act of Christmas was worship. God sent the angels to worship. They instructed the shepherds to go and worship, and the shepherds did. The wise men traveled hundreds of miles to worship. But today, too many of us worship at a commercial altar each Christmas, and not a spiritual one. On Christmas Eve, stores will be filled with people making last-minute purchases, while churches will have far too many unfilled seats.

Don’t let that be true for you. Make sure your first act of Christmas is worship. Presents are wonderful, and Christmas wouldn’t seem complete without them. But a Christmas centered around gifts is just as empty as the leftover boxes once everything is opened. And a Christmas centered around Jesus is not only fulfilling for that day, but for every one after it as well.

Reflection copyright © 2016 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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