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Countdown to Christmas 2012 - Day 14

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Gingerbread houses and German goodies are the plan for the 14th day in the countdown.

Add some holiday cheer to your day with the Countdown to Christmas. Each day features a Christmas carol, gift ideas, a Bible verse and devotional, a recipe to try and the holiday TV schedule for the day. There are even extra goodies thrown in here and there!

Merry Christmas (or, as they say in the Norwegian language, God Jul!)

Bible Verse of the Day

Group of children
Jetta Productions / Getty Images

Proverbs 8:32 (TNIV)

    32 Now then, my children, listen to me;
    blessed are those who keep my ways.

Jesus said that we are to love one another as He loves us. That would be keeping his Ways. It should be easy enough, but we struggle with it sometimes. Today make a commitment to show everyone you meet the love of Christ through word or through deed.

Christmas Carol of the Day

Green River Ordinance - A Green River Ordinance Christmas
Green River Ordinance

"Little Drummer Boy" - by Green River Ordinance from the album, A Green River Ordinance Christmas.

Sharing Christmas

Perry LaHaie
Perry LaHaie

Perry LaHaie, Moody Radio Host and singer/songwriter whose new CD will be out in February 2013, shares some of his Christmas favorites ...

  • Favorite Christmas carol - It's actually a narration by Paul Harvey called "The Man and the Birds." You can check it out on YouTube.

  • Favorite Christmas TV special and/or movie - The Nativity and A Christmas Story

  • Favorite Christmas goodie - Chocolate covered peanut butter balls!

  • Favorite Christmas tradition - Going to Pizza Hut with all of our extended family on Christmas eve.

  • Christmas memory that stands out the most - One Christmas eve, as I drove home to Northern Michigan in a driving snowstorm, my imagination was captured by what it might have been like for the shepherds on the night Jesus was born. As I battled my way north through the snow drifts forming on I-75, the song "Glory to God" was born; a song written from the perspective of one of those shepherds who witnessed that holy night and how that night changed his life forever.

Family Movie of the Day

The Santa Clause
Walt Disney Home Video

The Santa Clause (1994)

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) accidentally causes the death of Santa and that means that he must become Santa. Convincing his family and finding his footing as the new Claus proves to be difficult and hilarious.

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Gift Idea of the Day

WOW Hits 2013
EMI/CMG

Fans of Christian music will love the variety found on WOW Hits 2013 from 39 of the top artists in the genre.

WOW Hits 2013 Track List:

Disc 1:
  1. Courageous - Casting Crowns
  2. 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) - Matt Redman
  3. Overcome - Jeremy Camp
  4. Blessings - Laura Story
  5. My Hope Is in You - Aaron Shust
  6. I Lift My Hands - Chris Tomlin
  7. The Hurt & the Healer - MercyMe
  8. Forgiveness - Matthew West
  9. We Are - Kari Jobe
  10. Live Like That - Sidewalk Prophets
  11. Fall Apart - Josh Wilson
  12. Angel By Your Side - Francesca Battistelli
  13. Trust in Jesus - Third Day
  14. Do Everything - Steven Curtis Chapman
  15. Someone Worth Dying For - Mikeschair
  16. Only a Mountain - Jason Castro
  17. Love Come to Life - Big Daddy Weave
  18. Carry Me to the Cross - Kutless
  19. Free - Dara Maclean
Disc 2:
  1. God's Not Dead (Like a Lion) - Newsboys
  2. Me Without You - tobyMac
  3. Where I Belong - Building 429
  4. All This Time - Britt Nicole
  5. Lift Me Up - The Afters
  6. Busted Heart (Hold On to Me) - For KING & COUNTRY
  7. Hold Me - Jamie Grace featuring tobyMac
  8. Strong Enough to Save - Tenth Avenue North
  9. He Said - Group 1 Crew featuring Chris August)
  10. Center of It - Chris August
  11. Good Morning - Mandisa featuring tobyMac)
  12. One Day Too Late - Skillet
  13. The Redeemer - Sanctus Real
  14. The Light in Me - Brandon Heath
  15. Make a Move - Royal Tailor
  16. Banner of Love - Luminate
  17. When Mercy Found Me - Rhett Walker Band
  18. Let Me Feel You Shine - David Crowder Band
  19. Down - Mat Kearney
  20. Feel It in Your Heart - Abandon

Holiday Tip of the Day

Gingerbread House
David Bishop Inc. / Getty Images

If you're planning on making a gingerbread house this year, Stephanie Gallagher, our Guide to Cooking for Kids, shares eight really cute completed houses (complete with what ingredients she used) to help give you some great ideas for decorating.

Recipe of the Day

Checkerboard Cookies
Jennifer McGavin, About.com Guide to German Food

If you are looking for a taste of Germany, Jennifer McGavin, our Guide to German Food, shares several recipes for German Christmas Treats that are sure to please.

Christmas TV - December 14, 2012

Mary of Nazareth
Questar

ABC Family

  • The Polar Express
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
  • Disney Pixar's Toy Story
  • The Christmas List

AMC

  • White Christmas

CBS

  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Yes, Virginia
  • The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story

Hallmark

  • Eloise at Christmastime
  • A Bride for Christmas

HGTV

  • Celebrity Holiday Homes

Lifetime

  • Holly's Holiday
  • Undercover Christmas

NBC

  • Blake Shelton's Not-so-Family Christmas

TBN

  • Mary of Nazareth

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