Susan Spess Shay

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The TRUE Christmas Story

Haloed Angel

God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary. Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:

Good morning! You’re beautiful with God’s beauty, Beautiful inside and out! God be with you.

29-33 She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.

He will be great,     be called ‘Son of the Highest.’ The Lord God will give him     the throne of his father David; He will rule Jacob’s house forever—     no end, ever, to his kingdom.”

34 Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”

35 The angel answered,

The Holy Spirit will come upon you,     the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth     will be called Holy, Son of God.–Luke 1:27-35 The Message

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Getting Christmas Ready

For me, watching the season’s movies is a big part of getting in the mood for Christmas.

I love the old ones as well if not better than the new ones. Not sure the guys in my family like them, but it’s only once a year. They survive.

It’s hard to pick my absolute favorite, but the movie that puts the biggest grin on my face is “A Christmas Story”.

It’s the cute story of a little boy who wants a BB gun for Christmas. No matter who he tells he wants one, he gets the same response. “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

That movie was introduced to my crew by Sister Debbie’s family. Their son, Kyle, and Ralphie looked amazingly alike. Kyle would grin real big and say, ” a Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time”.

Even though the movie is funny and stars my nephew’s look alike, I enjoy it most for another reason. It’s set in the ’40’s or early ’50’s, when the world was such a nice place to live.

The Christmas parade has a housetop complete with a chimney for Santa to ride in. Kids look in store windows and stand in line for a long time to sit on the Big Guy’s lap.

And parents aren’t worried sick while their kids are away from them. Don’t you love movies like that?

Some of my other favorite Christmas movies are “A Wonderful Life” (of course, isn’t it everyone’s?) “A Season for Miracles”

Cover of "Season for Miracles"

Cover of Season for Miracles

and “One Magic Christmas.”

If you haven’t seen “A Season for Miracles,” you should. It’s a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, which is a recommendation in itself, and the story was written by my friend Marilyn Pappano.

You can read it and/or watch it. (The movie is great but the book is even better!)

There are so many wonderful movies out there for the Season. One I never hear anyone talk about but I love is called, “Remember the Night.”

I borrowed this from IMDb–

Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He gets the trial postponed because it is hard to get a conviction at Christmastime. But he feels sorry for her and arranges for her bail, and ends up taking her home to his mother for Christmas. Surrounded by a loving family (in stark contrast to Lee’s own family background) they fall in love. This creates a new problem: how do they handle the upcoming trial? Written by John Oswalt <>

If you get the chance (and I hope you do) give “Remember the Night” a chance. It’s a wonderful slow-down-and-enjoy-the-season movie.

So many good movies, so little time!

Of course, my favorite part of Christmas is time with my family and friends.

I hope God blesses you with tons of happy memories of happy time spent with your loved ones this Christmas.

Merry CHRISTmas!

Ps: What’s your favorite Season’s movie?