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"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
~ Luke 2:14 KJV ~

Hello and welcome to the December Issue of FaithWriters’ Magazine … and of course, Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones!

There really is no other time of the year quite like Christmas – no other time when I could walk into my local shopping center and see a quite beautiful Nativity Scene in pride of place. No other time where the sound of Amazing Grace would be pouring through the shopping center public address system; only to be replaced by the sound of the supermarket loudspeaker resonating the words, "O Come Let Us Adore Him" as I walked through the turnstile.

Even though most would agree that our Lord is being pushed further and further into the background with every passing year, the wonder is that in the midst of all the commercialization and hype, He is still being recognized as the rightful reason for the season.

A Diamond in the Rough
By Lynda Schab

Chris stood back and admired his work. It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad if he did say so himself. There were a couple of gaps here and there, but overall, his first attempt at wrapping a present turned out pretty well. Frosty the Snowman, adorned in red and green foil, smiled at him, signaling his approval.

"Not bad for my first time, eh, Frosty?" Chris said, straightening the bow.

"Are you sure about this, Chris?" Ken asked from behind him. "You haven't witnessed Wendy's ‘multiple personalities’. Chances are you will tonight. She may not find this as funny as you do."

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So, "come, let us adore Him", and let’s celebrate our Savior’s birth together. I know you’re going to love our Christmas gift to you – pages and pages of wonderful holiday reading to make your December even brighter!

To start things off, you must read Lynda Schab’s front page story, "A Diamond in the Rough." You know the old saying, "you can’t judge a book by its cover?" Well, the same can be just as true about Christmas gifts. (I know I’ll be looking for the "diamonds in the rough" under my tree this year).

Have you ever wondered where some of the Christmas traditions come from? Well, wonder no more! Jay Cookingham’s article, "Yule Love It" in our Joy of Family Department is guaranteed to give you a smile – if not actually leave you laughing! You may never look at the family cat in quite the same way.

All our departments have lots of Christmas goodies for you, but one of them, ‘Tis the Season, is absolutely overflowing with Christmas "treats" – so much that we couldn’t fit another bite in! "Christmas Snapshot" by Dennis Van Scoy, Sr., is a delightful glimpse into the very heart of the season. Then there’s the laugh out loud funny story from Marina Rojas’ childhood, "December 25th AKA Jesus’ Birthday." It’s the sort of story that you just HAVE to share with someone. As soon as I read it, I went and grabbed my daughter, Kylie, and read it with her! (In fact, I think I might even go and read it again now …I wonder where my son is?)

This month we introduce another brand new department – and this time it’s just for kids (of all ages). Welcome to "The Tree House"! Our "Tree House" Editor, Violet Nesdoly, has put together a fantastic first issue. There’s a quiz about carols, a fun poll, a great story about "Carla and the Case of the Christmas Craving" and we’ve even got a "Christmas Fairy Tail" with a great message for the child in all of us.

There’s been a bit of juggling with editors this month and we really were sad to have to say goodbye to our Take it to Heart Editor, Marina Rojas. Even in the short time Marina has been with us, she has been such an encouragement and blessing to us all. She leaves with our love and our deepest appreciation.

Stepping into the huge space left by Marina, is a lady who always writes straight from the heart. It’s a joy and delight to introduce Teresa Lee Rainey as the new Editor for Take it to Heart. Her first column is in the December issue and I hope you’ll make her feel very welcome.

We’re also welcoming Jamie Dale this month as the new Editor for "Parents’ Survival Guide". Jamie is an excellent writer and mother, and it’s great to have her on board.

Patricia Sheets has stepped out of her role as Editor for "Parents’ Survival Guide" and into the role of Editor for "We are the Church". Pat’s husband is the pastor of a church at Virginia Beach, and she brings to her new editorial role, years of experience in virtually every aspect of church life. Pat is passionate about God and passionate for His Church. Pat’s first column in this department is one that will leave you thinking about the mixed messages we sometimes send out about the Christmas story.

As for me, I’ve shuffled out of "We are the Church" to be able to give more attention to my role as Editor-in-Chief. But starting this month, I have a brand new column – "A Breath of Fresh Air".

There’s so much more I could tell you about our December Issue, but I’ll leave you to "unwrap" each section for yourself. I don’t want to spoil all the surprises.

So I’ll take just a moment more to wish you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year from everyone here at FaithWriters’ Magazine. See you in 2005!

Deb Porter