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Countdown to Christmas 2012 - Day 8

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Francesca Battistelli shares her favorite Christmas memories and traditions today.

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 Indonesian, Selamat Hari Natal!)

Bible Verse of the Day

Giving praise
Yves Forestier / Getty Images

Psalm 146:1-2 (KJ21)

    1 Praise ye the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 While I live will I praise the Lord; I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

Amen! Praise the Lord with everything you are worth today.

Sharing Christmas

Francesca Battistelli
Word

Francesca Battistelli, the lady behind the Christmas Carol of the Day shares some of her Christmas favorites ...

  • Favorite Christmas carol - My favorite Christmas carol is "O Come, O Come Emmanuel."

  • Favorite Christmas TV special and/or movie - Elf :)

  • Favorite Christmas goodie - My mom's chocolate butter crunch candy. Do you see a trend here? My mom can COOK!

  • Favorite Christmas tradition - Driving around looking at Christmas lights. Mmm, it still makes me feel like a kid.

  • Christmas memory that stands out the most - I'll never forget the years in middle school and high school when we used to go Christmas caroling at hospitals on Christmas Eve. There is nothing like praying and singing with people who are all alone on Christmas.

Free Song of the Day

Sara Groves - O Holy Night
Ino/Columbia
The free download of the day (courtesy of Amazon.com) is Sara Groves' beautiful version of "Angels We Have Heard On High."

Gift Idea of the Day

Group 1 Crew – Fearless
Fervent Records

Blanca and Manwell, otherwise known as Group 1 Crew have humble spirits that jump out at you the moment you meet them. They are also fearless about sharing their Savior, as their 2012 release, Fearless, shows you.

Fearless Track List:

  1. His Kind of Love
  2. The Difference
  3. He Said (featuring Chris August)
  4. Dangerous
  5. Goin Down
  6. Fearless
  7. Mr. & Mrs. (I Do This For You)
  8. Darkest Valley (featuring Flame & Thomas Ware)
  9. Not The End of Me
  10. Freq Dat
  11. Night of My Life
  12. Steppin Out
  13. Forsaken

Family Movie of the Day

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Warner Bros.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

The Griswold family has made big plans for the perfect Christmas vacation trip. Of course, being the Griswold's, things don't go exactly as planned. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo (Clark and Ellen Griswold) make us all feel better about our own holiday snafus.

Holiday Tip of the Day

Spyder Victor Semi-Auto Paintball Marker
Spyder

I remember when my boys were young and all still lived at home. Paintball was a huge favorite as far as pastimes went and they all three would regularly go up to the church for "paintball wars" that the youth put on. If you have a paintball warrior in your life, David Muhlestein, our Guide to Paintball, shares a list of paintball guns that won't break the bank.

Recipe of the Day

Chicken Francaise
Image courtesy of: joefoodie at Flickr

Chicken Francaise is an elegant dish that will liven up any dinner party. Surprisingly, this dish can be made in only 30 minutes.

Christmas TV - December 8, 2012

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Walt Disney Pictures

ABC Family

  • Fred Claus
  • The Santa Clause
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • Despicable Me
  • Santa Baby

CBS

  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Frosty Returns
  • The Flight Before Christmas

FOOD

  • Guy's Disney Holiday

GMC (Gospel Music Channel)

  • A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years of Bringing Joy to the World

Hallmark

  • A Smoky Mountain Christmas
  • A Christmas Wedding Tail
  • A Bride For Christmas
  • The Christmas Heart
  • Santa, Jr.
  • Holiday Engagement
  • It's Christmas, Carol

HGTV

  • Holiday Kitchen Takeover
  • Sarah's Holiday Party
  • White House Christmas: Through the Years
  • White House Christmas 2012

Lifetime

  • Will You Merry Me?
  • An Accidental Christmas
  • Undercover Christmas
  • Holiday High School Reunion
  • Holly's Holiday
  • Dear Santa

Travel

  • Christmas Crazy
  • Christmas Crazier
  • Christmas Rush
  • Instant Christmas

Free Song of the Day

Sara Groves - O Holy Night
Ino/Columbia
The free download of the day (courtesy of Amazon.com) is Sara Groves' beautiful version of "Angels We Have Heard On High."

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