There are lyrics in the song “Away In A Manger” which say…
“The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes”
What if… The cattle didn’t just make noise… but took matters into their own hands…
Well, its Christmas. As well as the season of mince pies, Santa, Christmas Carols, nativity plays, and random livestock, it is also the season of the Christmas Party. But how should a Christian host a Christmas party?
Here are 10 tips to help you host a Christian Christmas Party…
Any I’ve missed?
If you give it a quick glance, this looks like a normal nativity scene. Except on the wall behind sits details of mass shootings in America, and the amount of people that died in those Mass Shootings.
The priest at St. Susanna, Father Stephen Josoma, told Boston 25 News that the move is aimed at getting people talking and stopping gun violence. “There’s cities, nursing homes, coffee shops, military installations, churches, theaters,” he said, noting the locations of mass shootings that have taken place across the country.
Josoma said the idea came after he and his parishioners were “discussing the gun control issue and how it seems to be stagnated across the country.” He went on to state that “this is not the picture of Christmas peace we want to have in people’s minds for years to come. It can’t be this forever, it just has to change.”
The signs sit underneath a banner which reads: “If you only knew the things that make peace.” The priest said he hopes they will encourage people to “look with an open mind and an open heart and continue the conversation.”
The signs have proven controversial online, with one person taking to social media to say that “mass shooters don’t deserve that kind of recognition. Church is for holy people. We should discard these monsters in active volcanos.”
Read more (including Twitter reactions) at RT.com
Sofa feels that at a time when churches around the world sing about Peace on Earth, its good to see a church tackling how unpeaceful events have arguably become normalised.
“Blessed are the peacemakers”, and all that I guess..?
There’s something about Christmas I do currently enjoy. Maybe its markets, perhaps its the Doctor Who specials, or the challenge to mull everything possible. Since Little Sofa has come into the world, I have also started to attend… and kinda enjoy Nativity plays. I have noticed, that as cute as they are, there seems to be A LOT of people wanting to get the good seats whenever their little ones are performing.
What if your church has a nativity service? How do you get good seats while watching the Church Nativity Service?
Here’s our tips*:
Any other ideas?
*Obviously if you do any of this, people may look at you oddly / arrange for you to be arrested. Good Luck…
A couple of days ago, Donald Trump updated his Twitter account with the following
The Christmas Story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son and the most extraordinary gift of all—the gift of God’s love for all of humanity.
Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of his life… pic.twitter.com/P94C3LjWlx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
The sight of Donald Trump wishing people Merry Christmas, can be argued to be a throwback to his campaign trail, where he talked about making it OK for people to say “Merry Christmas again”.
Almost like no one in The White House has ever said “Merry Christmas” before…
At what point did America stop saying Merry Christmas, and what did America say before Donald Trump became in charge?
It seems that Donald Trump is “bringing Christmas back.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 4, 2017
Where did Christmas go, and how did Donald Trump know where to look for it?