51 Unique Holiday Traditions

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The Great Christmas Tree Debate: Real or Artificial?

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and it’s that time of year again….yup….time for the great Christmas tree debate of real or artificial. We put up an artificial tree this year as it was my grandmother’s (who passed away in October) and it has special meaning to us. What about your house? Do you put up a real tree or artificial…..and why?

Ugliest Christmas Sweaters Around

So, my oldest son, Jake had a youth group Christmas party this weekend and he had to have an ugly Christmas sweater. Apparently this is so popular now that companies have sprung up to create the ugliest sweaters around. Who knew? @ShineBMac

Christmas Cookie Exchange

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons. The Christmas cookie exchange season is here as my wife went to another cookie exchange over the weekend! What is that one Christmas cookie that you have to have this
time of year? Oh, and if you want to share a favorite recipe…..I wouldn’t complain either.

Francesca Battistelli “Christmas”

Join the New Shine.FM this weekend for our Artist Spotlight as we highlight the new Christmas CD from Francesca Battistelli “Christmas”. We will hear Christmas memories from Francesca 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.

North Carolina Students Can’t Say Christmas

A North Carolina community college has been accused of violating the First Amendment rights of students. That’s because they told a school club they couldn’t use the word “Christmas” to promote a Christmas tree sale.

The student club, called the BEST Society, was planning to sell the Christmas trees to raise money for Angel Tree, an organization that provides Christmas presents to children.

Club members followed the college rules and submitted forms to promote the sale. The proposed text read, “The BEST Society will be selling Christmas Trees…”

But when the announcement appeared on the college’s website and in other places – it had been altered. All the references to “Christmas Trees” had been replaced with “holiday trees.”

The students immediately contacted the college’s community relations director to find out what happened.

The director allegedly told them, “We cannot market your trees in association solely with a Christian event.”

As a result of the change, the club began receiving complaints from the community. In fact, some customers told the students they wouldn’t purchase the trees because the word “Christmas” had been excised.

Matt Sharp is an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom. He says “It’s ridiculous that anyone would have to think twice about using the word ‘Christmas’ as part of a Christmas tree sale.”

ADF sent a letter to officials at Western Piedmont Community urging them to reconsider their decision to censor the word “Christmas” – or face a possible lawsuit.

So far, college officials have refused to comment on the controversy.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM

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A Very Special Christmas Benefiting Special Olympics

Join the New Shine.FM artist Francesca Battistelli as GMC TV celebrates 25 years of “A Very Special Christmas,” the holiday album series benefiting Special Olympics, with a landmark documentary music special called “A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years of Bringing Joy to the World.” The special will blend new and historical performances, music videos, interviews and inspirational athlete profiles.

Hosted by GRAMMY, Emmy and Tony-nominated entertainer Vanessa Williams, the show will also have interviews with influential people who shaped the album series’ success including recording industry icon Jimmy Iovine, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the Shriver family. “A Very Special Christmas” is the most successful benefit recording in music history generating more than $109 million for Special Olympics.

Shine.FM Christmas Top 10 – December 2012

1. Sidewalk Prophets – Because It’s Christmas
2. for King & Country – Baby Boy
3. Steven Curtis Chapman – Christmas Time Again
4. Jeremy Camp – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
5. Francesca Battistelli – Christmas Is
6. Kari Jobe – When Hope Came Down
7. Sanctus Real – Shining
8. Mandisa – Somebody’s Angel
9. Meredith Andrews – He Has Come For Us
10. Jason Gray – Christmas Is Coming

Christmas Vacation

Hey, It’s Garrett again….and okay……I gotta see Christmas Vacation too! With 7 kids it hits way too close to home!

Christmas Specials

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and ’tis the season for Christmas

What Christmas special do you have to see every year with your family? One for
me is “A Charlie Brown Christmas!”