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Countdown to Christmas 2012 - Day 2

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Chocolate Cake with Fresh Blood Orange, Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt is the sweet treat of the day and oh my gosh - just the photo of the cake sets your mouth to watering!

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 Navajo language, Merry Keshmish!)

Bible Verse of the Day

A family at Christmas
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Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NIV1984)

    5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Raising kids is not an easy task - especially not in today's climate. Regardless of how much your focus is on Jesus being the season, your kids are going to be bombarded by Santa, the elves, the reindeer and all of the secular trappings of the holiday. Be sure to remind them that the season is less about the gifts in their stockings and more about the joy and love in their hearts.

Free Song of the Day

Cyndi Lauper - Blue Christmas
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The free download of the day (courtesy of Amazon.com) is Cyndi Lauper's version of "Blue Christmas." First recorded by Doye O'Dell in 1948, this song was made even more famous by Elvis Presley in 1957.

Family Movie of the Day

Holiday Inn
Universal Studios

Holiday Inn (1948)

The classic, featuring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, finds them competing for the attention of Marjorie Reynolds in this Academy Award-winning musical. Plenty of songs, dancing and family fun.

Gift Idea of the Day

Passion: White Flag
sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

Passion: White Flag delivers over an hour of worship, recorded live at the annual Passion conference.

Passion: White Flag Track List:

  1. Not Ashamed (Featuring Kristian Stanfill)
  2. White Flag (Featuring Chris Tomlin)
  3. Jesus, Son Of God (Featuring Chris Tomlin And Christy Nockels)
  4. How I Love You (Featuring Christy Nockels)
  5. All This Glory (Featuring David Crowder*Band)
  6. Lay Me Down (Featuring Chris Tomlin And Matt Redman)
  7. You Revive Me (Featuring Christy Nockels)
  8. One Thing Remains (Featuring Kristian Stanfill)
  9. Yahweh (Featuring Chris Tomlin)
  10. Sing Along (Featuring Christy Nockels)
  11. The Only One (Featuring Chris Tomlin)
  12. Mystery (Featuring Charlie Hall)
  13. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (Featuring Matt Redman)
  14. No Turning Back (Featuring Chris Tomlin)
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Holiday Tip of the Day

Living Christmas Tree
Anna Peisl / Getty Images

Steve Nix, our Guide to Forestry, explains how to enjoy a living tree for years to come.

Recipe of the Day

Chocolate Cake with Fresh Blood Orange, Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt
Christina Soong-Kroeger, About.com Guide to Australian / New Zealand Food

Do you remember how yesterday, I mentioned that I might splurge on sweets this holiday season? Well, my splurge momentum hit the moment I saw Christina Soong-Kroeger's recipe for Chocolate Cake with Fresh Blood Orange, Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt. This looks like a culinary masterpiece and I have no doubt it will taste as good as it looks.

Christmas TV - December 2, 2012

Elf
New Line Studio

ABC Family

  • Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • The Search for Santa Paws
  • Jack Frost (1998)
  • Elf
  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Hallmark

  • Eloise at Christmastime
  • Jingle and Bell's Christmas Star
  • Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas
  • Jingle All The Way
  • It's Christmas, Carol!
  • A Bride for Christmas
  • A Dog Named Christmas
  • A Christmas Wish
  • The Christmas Heart
  • The Christmas Card

ION

  • 12 Wishes of Christmas
  • A Golden Christmas 3
  • A Star for Christmas
  • A Christmas Wedding Date

Lifetime

  • The Christmas Consultant
  • Finding Mrs. Claus

TBN

  • Love's Christmas Journey

TBS

  • The Holiday
  • Four Christmases

The Weather Channel

  • Epic Christmas 2
  • Epic Christmas 3

This TV

  • 12 Wishes of Christmas

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