The Nativity Story

November 29, 2006 by  
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Will “The Nativity Story” become a blockbuster hit like “The Passion of the Christ?” It’s too early to say. But the movie, which arrives in theaters this Friday, Dec. 1, has gained positive feedback from many Christian leaders, who say the filmmakers have taken pains to be faithful to the Gospel accounts of the Christmas miracle.

To help readers learn about the movie, we’ve created a special page on our site with news and reviews of The Nativity Story. It includes links to the official web site for the film, as well as numerous articles in Christian media. There are also links that provide background about an off-screen controversy involving the 16-year-old actress who plays Mary, Keisha Castle-Hughes, is single and pregnant. We’ll keep updating as reviews and box office figures become available, and hope this page will eb a useful resource for Christians who are interested in “The Nativity Story.”

The Advent Log

November 28, 2006 by  
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The Advent Log is a tradition similar to that of the Advent wreath, as explained by Rebecca from A Gypsy Caravan. She describes it as a Catholic tradition, but it’s also mentioned on Lutheran and Methodist sites. Here’s an excerpt:

Ours is a birch log, approximately 4 feet in length. It contains a candle hole for each day of Advent, plus one for the Christmas holy day itself. Traditionally, families use purple and pink candles for the Advent log, similar to the candle coloring of Advent wreaths.

Alice from Cottage Blessings was inspired by Rebecca’s account, and provides a photo essay of the creation of her family’s own Advent Log (even the drilling!).

New Guide to Advent Resources

November 13, 2006 by  
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Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30 (St. Andrew’s Day) and lasts until Christmas Eve. This year the First Sunday of Advent is December 3. That leaves plenty of time to prepare our hearts and minds for the season, and there are many fine web sites that can help with information on Advent history, traditions and observances.

In reviewing links this fall, I found that many of the best Advent sites are listed under different categories on the Christmas In Cyberspace web site. We’ve pulled some of the best together, along with some fine sites that are new this year, and gathered them in our Advent Resources Page. We hope these will inform and bless our readers this year – especially you!

Wal-Mart: “Merry Christmas” Is Back

November 9, 2006 by  
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“Merry Christmas” is back at Wal-Mart, the company said today. A year after religious groups boycotted Wal-Mart for downplaying the Christian holiday, the company said it has embraced Christmas in its customer greetings, store displays and marketing. An excerpt:

“We, quite frankly, have learned a lesson from last year,” says Wal-Mart spokeswoman Linda Blakley. “We’re not afraid to use the term ‘Merry Christmas.’ We’ll use it early, and we’ll use it often.” Wal-Mart told about 7,000 associates of the plans at a conference last month and “was met with rapturous applause. … We know many of our customers will feel the same,” says John Fleming, Wal-Mart’s executive vice president of marketing.

Executives at Wal-Mart and Macys are encouraging employees to consider wishing customers holiday greetings that are appropriate to their race or religion, including “Happy Kwanzaa” or “Feliz Navidad.”

The Christmas in Cyberspace Blog Launches

November 4, 2006 by  
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Welcome to the Christmas Blog, a companion journal to Christmas In Cyberspace: A Christian Perspective in which we’ll take time each day to share some of our Christ-centered seasonal sites and reflect on Advent and Christmas and what they mean to us. Our prayer is that this exercise will be a faith-building experience for the bloggers and our readers alike.

I’m Rich Miller, a journalist, web developer and Christians. With Christmas in Cyberspace, its sister site Easter In Cyberspace and the Hopewell Methodist Church web site, I seek to bring my skills and faith together and exalt Christ in cyberspace. This is Christmas In Cyberspace’s 10th year guiding Christian web surfers to the very best Christ-centered resources for Christmas and Advent.

We hope this blog wll be a blessing to you this Advent season. Whether you visit the blog home page or subscribe to our posts by email or our RSS feed, we encourage you to make the Easter Blog a part of your daily journey.