Tales of Christmas Past

By Vance Fry
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Are you looking for the Focus on the Family 2015 Advent calendar? You can still download the true stories centered around the Christmas season.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” So goes the line to the classic holiday song. But do those words describe how your life really looks at Christmastime? Perhaps you’re more inclined to believe that the old song about having a Blue Christmas fits the season better.

As Christians, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but life in a fallen world doesn’t take a yuletide timeout. Indeed, for many, the season of Advent is marked not by good cheer, but by sorrow and dissatisfaction. For our “Tales of Christmas Past” Advent calendar, we recognize that the Christmas season doesn’t always live up to our lofty ideals.

We’ve collected a number of true stories of Christmastime that point to the central, eternal theme of Christmas: Into this darkness has come a great light. 

As you read these stories as a family, you’ll see that there’s something about Christmastime that really does make it special. Unexpected acts of honesty and generosity display the “Christmas spirit.” Kindness and warmth toward strangers are evidence of “Christmas cheer.” It may not be the most wonderful time of year, but when people reflect goodness and God’s love to others, it’s can be pretty great.

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Once you sign in, you will first find our most recent Advent calendar. Scroll down the page until you find the three free downloads that make up the “Tales of Christmas Past” Advent calendar.

Updated 2018. Copyright © 2016 by Focus on the Family

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About the Author

Vance Fry

Vance Fry has been an editor in the media publishing group at Focus on the Family since 2010. Prior to his time at Focus, Vance was an editor and English teacher with Overseas Radio and Television in Taipei, Taiwan. Vance and his wife Marcia (pronounced with a silent final “a”) have four children. In his free time, Vance enjoys hanging …

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