It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…or is it? Kurt, Rob, and I all agreed that it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Afterall, we’re only 6 days away! They’re calling for snow before the weekend, but we’re hoping for a white Christmas. We can’t remember the last time we had one. Can you? Let us know below!

Garrett’s Kindergarten Picture

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons.

A friend of mine challenged me to show support for the families in CT whose precious children are spending this Christmas in heaven by changing my Facebook profile picture to my kindergarten picture. So… it is.

Would you join me, and the rest of the Shine.FM staff as we continue to pray for the families in CT whose daughter or son didn’t come home last Friday. Oh, and don’t forget to HUG your kids….A LOT this week…..thanks!

Gift or Gift Card?

Would you rather open a hand-picked gift or a gift-card? I can go either way…although those big boxes under the tree still rock!

Twas’ 11 Days Before Christmas

“Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38,
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is heaven.” declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then, He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King.
And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
And as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
Then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.
Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
“May this country be delivered from the hands of fools.”
“I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”
Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“Come now my children, let me show you around.”
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

Immanuel: God With Us

This was written by a friend of mine’s daughter, Grace, who is a senior in high school. She was born with some physical challenges and sometimes uses the support of a wheelchair, but has a brilliant mind and beautiful spirit.

“There are many things that take December off: school, work, exercise, and diets, just to name a few. But, as I was reminded about an hour ago, sin isn’t one of them. When I first heard about the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, I thought, “But it’s Christmas.”

Evil is always present, but it seems more hideous when contrasted with “Peace on earth; goodwill toward men.” Immanuel seems like a joke in the face of a massacre like the one today. But tonight, I can’t help thinking about another senseless killing and the Child who survived. A prophecy concerning Him is “He came to bind up the broken-hearted.” Another calls Him “A Man of Sorrows.”

What Newtown needs is not a theological explanation or a call to greater faith; it needs a shoulder to cry on and a Voice to say, “I know. I have scars too.”

Immanuel: God with us. Broken with us. Mourning with us.”

Did Christmas Bring You Acts of Kindness

What is the most self-less thing someone has ever done for you or your family at Christmas? ~Garrett

Jason Gray “Repeat The Sounding Joy”

Join the New Shine.FM this weekend for our Artist Spotlight as we highlight the new Christmas CD from Jason Gray “Repeat The Sounding Joy”. We will hear Christmas memories from Jason and give you a chance to win the new CD. To get qualified text WINMUSIC to 66937 or “like” and “share” the cover photo on the Shine.FM Facebook page. Merry Christmas from the New Shine.FM.

Christmas Programs Gone Wrong

It’s Garrett from Shine afternoons! They practice for weeks, you put on their best clothes…and then during the church Christmas program everything goes a little….well wrong. My oldest son and daughter fought over baby Jesus when they played Mary & Joseph years ago. My daughter hit my son over the head with plastic baby Jesus that night by the way! What’s your fun Christmas program memory–when things didn’t go as planned?

12 Entertaining Ways to Beat the Winter Doldrums

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4 Things NOT To Do at the Office Christmas Party

So, I’m heading to my wife’s office Christmas party after the show. Another one is happening on Thursday. I’ve found a few things NOT to do at office Christmas parties.

  1. Don’t walk up to the boss and give a 90 minute lecture on what you would do differently if you were the boss.
  2. Everyone does actually see you hanging next to the shrimp table eating shrimp all night. You’re not that stealth.
  3. If you are showing videos of your cats on your iPhone…it’s time to call cab.
  4. NEVER say these words…”Sure, I can TOTALLY DJ!”


Good luck! @ShineBMac