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The Joys of Christmas

The Joys of Christmas


The Joys of Christmas is a bright, full-size magazine that brings you page after page of the things you love best about Guideposts, including heartwarming, inspirational stories and "Mysterious Ways," plus special features that you'll come to cherish as part of your Christmas tradition.

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1 Min.
[little tree]

little treelittle silent Christmas treeyou are so littleyou are more like a flower who found you in the green forestand were you very sorry to come away?see i will comfort youbecause you smell so sweetly i will kiss your cool barkand hug you safe and tightjust as your mother would,only don’t be afraid look the spanglesthat sleep all the year in a dark boxdreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads, put up your little armsand i’ll give them all to you to holdevery finger shall have its ringand there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy then when you’re quite dressedyou’ll stand in the window for everyone to seeand how they’ll stare!oh but you’ll be very proud and my little sister and i will…

2 Min.
letter from the editor

ON PAGE 74 WE OFFER A PIECE by Irma Rombauer’s great-grandson, who says the question he gets most at the holidays is how to cook a turkey. I believe I have developed unique expertise on the subject and am pleased to share it with you. First and foremost: Keep the turkey away from the dog. When we were first married and it was a warm December, Julee put the turkey on the fire escape to thaw. Our landlord-provided refrigerator was too small, so this seemed a sound plan. Until our cocker spaniel, Rudy, started barking furiously. Somehow the dog from upstairs had gotten onto the fire escape and was tearing into our half-thawed bird. The dog was small but strong, and we got into a tug-of-war that Rudy joined, growling and…

2 Min.
2019 advent calendar

SUNDAY December 1 Light the first candle “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”—2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 2 Start a box of nonperishable foods, add an item every day and give away the “meal” when it’s complete. 3 Immanuel means “God with us.” Be still and feel his presence. 4 Bring some treats to your local animal shelter. Don’t forget candy canes for the volunteers! 5 Carry a plastic bag in your purse for picking up trash on the walk from your car to the mall entrance. 6 Send a card to someone who lost a loved one this year. Holidays are the hardest. 7 Volunteer to be a Salvation Army bell ringer at registertoring.com. SUNDAY December 8 Light the second candle “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world,…

2 Min.
what prayer can do

Safe in the Storm I POURED MYSELF A CUP OF TEA and waited anxiously by the phone. Everyone likes a white Christmas, but this was ridiculous. More than 30 inches in under 48 hours had fallen on Port Orchard, and the snow showed no signs of letting up. My parents had left our house early the morning before. The drive to Yakima was almost 200 miles. They’d hoped to make it home before the worst of it hit, but after two hours they’d only reached North Bend. “Snoqualmie Pass is closed,” Mom reported to me from a phone in a diner. “They’re worried about avalanches. Soon as it opens we’ll be on our way.” We kept in touch throughout the day. The snow kept falling. Mom and Dad had been stuck in…

3 Min.
the christmas story

IN THE SIXTH MONTH the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” —LUKE 1:26-31 IN THOSE DAYS a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be…

2 Min.
daily guideposts

WE SAT IN THE AUDITORIUM. Elementary schoolchildren filled the stage with instruments under their arms. They scanned the audience, smiling nervously. The music started. A little girl in the back row holding a trumpet swayed back and forth, and a flute player fidgeted, but it was the boy in the front row who captured our attention. Adorably, he balanced himself on the edge of a tall stool. His oversize glasses hung low on his nose. He wiggled toward the huge instrument: a bass clarinet that was as big as he was. As the students played “Away in a Manger,” my eyes darted between the beaming little girl with the trumpet who waved her free hand as if she were at a rock concert and the boy in the front with the enormous…