Now Santa, as you know, has been delivering Christmas presents to children around the world for a very long time. Year after year, his workshop bustles with activity. Little elves scurrying about, making hundreds and thousands, no wait, millions and billions of specially designed toys, each carefully crafted according to very specific orders from Santa, himself. In recent years, these special orders have been on the decline. As a matter of fact, would you believe that last year, Santa returned back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve with over 10,000 unwanted toys? Apparently parents made other plans to buy fancy electronic games or other wiz-banged computerized gadgets that the children much preferred over Santa’s toys. To Santa Claus, a man who takes his work very seriously, this was a big blow not only to his business, but to him personally.
As we celebrate the Advent/Christmas season, enjoy one of our personal favorites, a Christmas-time short story about the time when Santa decides to pack it all in and skip Christmas altogether! I guess even ole St. Nick can use a good reminder of what Christmas is all about!
Here’s your Joy Comes in the Morning reading schedule…ENJOY!
Chapter 2: Troubling Times at the North Pole.
Chapter 3: Sam the Elf to the Rescue.
Chapter 4: Christmas Eve Turmoil.
Chapter 5: Santa Meets the Dodsons.
Chapter 6: Fire in the Fireplace.
Chapter 7: The Band Rehearsal.
Chapter 8: Nick Gets an Earful.
Chapter 10: The Christmas Eve Miracle.
Chapter 11: Joy Comes in the Morning.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30: 5 (ESV)
Merry Christmas from Marty B.
You might also want to check out our other popular Advent series:
From November 26 through Christmas Day, join us for our 30-Day Christmas-Time Devotional from our 30-day series: Luke’s Christmas Gospel of Jesus. Check it out here.
Christmas Through The Eyes of the Heart. We invite you to join us for a 14-session podcast/blog series which combines the reading of the Christmas story, as found in God’s Word, with seeing, using fourteen pieces of beautiful artwork that can bring your imagination to life.
Let It Be. Fiat Mihi. Over the years, this post has become our most popular blog. Step into the powerful message of Mary, the mother of Jesus, her Fiat Mihi.
Handel’s Messiah. Do you know the story behind this great Christmas-time musical masterpiece? Read about the amazing work of God as George Frederic Handel composed and presented his new composition in 1742.
God Rest Ye Merry. See how one little comma can make a whole lot of difference in what we’re actually trying to convey to others at Christmas time.
Joseph, The Stone-Crafter’s Christmas-Time Prayer. Tradition says that Joseph of Nazareth was a carpenter by trade, but most likely, the ‘earthly father’ of Jesus, and his young son, were skilled craftsmen in stone.