In this episode, we share a historical anecdote from 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln’s son, Tad, befriended a turkey named Jack. Jeff draws a parallel to the Christmas message of pardon and forgiveness through Jesus, encouraging viewers to celebrate their own pardon and the gift of eternal life.
In this episode, we reflect on the extreme measures people have taken in pursuit of popular Christmas gifts, citing incidents related to the PlayStation 3 and Cabbage Patch Kids. Jeff highlights the risks and chaos caused by the quest for the perfect gift, emphasizing the importance of the true Christmas spirit rooted in love. He encourages viewers to focus on sharing the love of Jesus as the ultimate and meaningful gift, reminding them that love, though priceless, always comes with a cost.
In this episode, we discuss the phenomenon of toy wars during Christmas, highlighting instances like the Cabbage Patch Wars in 1982, the Tickle Me Elmo chaos in 1996, and the Furby stampede in 1998. Jeff emphasizes the extreme lengths people go to secure popular toys, resulting in injuries and chaos during holiday shopping. He encourages viewers to remember the true meaning of Christmas, urging them not to lose sight of what is truly important in the midst of the holiday frenzy.
In this episode, we look at Christmas superstitions, mentioning examples like Lithuanians believing animals can speak at midnight on Christmas Eve and the Irish thinking Christmas Eve is an ideal night to die. Jeff reflects on the origins of superstitions and contrasts them with the historical foundation of Christmas, emphasizing the real and non-superstitious nature of the holiday rooted in the birth of Jesus. He encourages viewers to celebrate Christmas with confidence, knowing it is based on historical events, not superstition.
In this episode, we discuss various Christmas customs from around the world. While sharing these customs, we emphasize the importance of choosing customs that add meaning and enhance the celebration, encouraging viewers to focus on traditions that honor God and contribute positively to their Christmas experience.
In this episode, we explore the history of the popular Christmas song “Jingle Bells.” Jeff shares two possible origins, of the song, related to James Pierpont. Despite the unclear origin, Pierpont published the song in 1857, and it has since become a global Christmas favorite. You are encouraged to embrace your favorite Christmas traditions, whether it’s a song or a special place, while remembering the true reason for celebration—the birth of the Savior.