by Jeff Strite

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Luke 3:1-16

Several years back a life-style management consultant surveyed about 1000 people about how they prepared for Christmas. What he found was this:
• The average person spent up to an hour and 10 minutes a day during the last week of December bickering over holiday related plans such as what parties to attend, what to wear … and whether to leave early.
• People spent less than 17 minutes planning holiday purchases and 6 hours shopping for them with an average of 3 trips to the same store.
• Nearly 7 1/2 hours were spent baking and preparing the holiday meals while less than a 1/2 day is devoted to relaxation and enjoyment.
• And perhaps most tragic of all, on Christmas morning, the average parent spent just 9 minutes playing with the children.
(A study conducted by Michael Fortino, reported in the Dayton Sunday News, 12/20/92 (AP)

How do you prepare for Christmas?

Lots of stores have been preparing for Christmas ever since Halloween.
And many businesses are preparing for Christmas by planning parties and deciding how long they're going to shut down for the holiday.
Families prepare by decorating their homes with trees and lights and festive garland. Some folks even go so far as to light up the night with Christmas lights in yards and roofs.

Just last week several wonderful people decorated church to reflect the joy of the season. And our church - and many others - are preparing for Christmas with:
• Special services
• Cantatas
• Bell choir presentations.
• Caroling to shut-ins
• Collections for the needy

But this year some Christians and Churches are facing a difficult dilemma, because this year Christmas falls on… Sunday.

There's a ministers' blogsite I frequent on the Internet, and one of the preachers there asked this question: "Christmas will fall on a Sunday this year. Will your church do anything different on that Sunday to accommodate the famili ...

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