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Countdown to Christmas 2012 - Day 17

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When the girls get home from school, they're going to be surprised with freshly baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. The best part? Mom can enjoy them without adding too many calories to my diet!

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!

Bible Verse of the Day

Psalm 32:5 (NLV)

    5 I told my sin to You. I did not hide my wrong-doing. I said, "I will tell my sins to the Lord." And You forgave the guilt of my sin.

Charles Spurgeon is quoted as saying, "The door of repentance opens into the hall of joy" and since we can be forgiven if we repent, we have the capability for unlimited joy.

Christmas Carol of the Day

The Hagees - Christmas
Difference Media

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by The Hagees from the album, Christmas is the Carol of the Day.

Sharing Christmas

David Teems promo 2012
David Teems

David Teems, musician and author, whose most recent Thomas Nelson release is Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God An English Voice, shares some of his Christmas favorites ...

  • Favorite Christmas carol - My favorite carol is "What Child Is This." I think it's the minor key. Christmas is not, by anyone's standard, it's a minor key event so maybe it appeals to the contrarian in me. And in truth, it is a question I have asked myself many times. Though I love him, Jesus is still the great mystery. And because he is "a man of sorrows," his story, to me, should be written in a minor key. If his mother was prophetic before his birth, and according to the Gospel she heard clearly from God concerning her immediate future, I imagine her joy is mingled with touches of sorrow. Salvation has a price. Joy is seasoned with sorrow. We hear the minor key in the background.

  • Favorite Christmas TV special and/or movie - I shouldn't admit it, but Love Actually (starring Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson).

  • Favorite Christmas goodie - I'm not sure what they're called. It is a kind of cookie with a powdered sugar coating on the outside and pecans on the inside, made with a shortbread kind of charm.

  • Favorite Christmas tradition - Christmas morning. Breakfast with the family. I am the breakfast chef on call, and my favorite breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, coffee, OJ, some kind of fruit if my wife has thought about it. It's a huge mess to clean up. A variation over the years may be to forego pancakes and substitute biscuits instead and maybe some kind of breakfast variation on a potato.

  • Christmas memory that stands out the most - This is an easy one. I was twelve. My mother and I lived for a time with my grandparents in Atlanta for about 6 months or so while my father lived in Florida because of a new job. I was to finish a school year I had already started. It was Christmas eve. I hadn't seen my father in many weeks. I woke during the night and heard voices. I wasn't sure what was happening, but I crept into the hallway and stood next to a room where the door was open just enough for me to see inside, though no one knew I was there. My father had come home and was sitting there, talking with my mother and my grandmother. I stood and watched unseen for some time. I couldn't move; I couldn't speak. I was so overcome with emotion, I started crying in the hall. Needless to say, the reunion was sweet. One of my deepest and sweetest memories. Just the sight of him.

Free Song of the Day

Tis The Season To Be Fearless
Fearless Records

The free download of the day (courtesy of Amazon.com) is Go Radio's version of "O Holy Night" found on the compilation Tis The Season To Be Fearless.

Holiday Tip of the Day

Crochet Snowflake Ornament
Amy Solovay, About.com Guide to Crochet

Amy Solovay, our Guide to Crochet, shares six free patterns so you can create beautiful Christmas ornaments that are sure to turn into family heirlooms.

Recipe of the Day

Low Calorie Pumpkin Cookies
Kimberley Eggleston, About.com Guide to Low Calorie Cooking

These Low Calorie Pumpkin Cookies are only 55 calories each, with only 2.5 grams of fat per cookie so you can enjoy more than one without worrying about your waistline.

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