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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Legends

Below are several Christmas legends/stories. For a more detailed version of each story, click on the links. You can find other stories not mentioned in this newsletter here: http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-stories.html

Candy Canes

According to legend, a candy maker represents the holy Christ’s life. Candy has to be hard to represent the church being built on solid rock. Because Jesus is known as the Shepherd, it was formed in the shape of a shepherd's staff and turning it upside down, it represents the letter "J" for Jesus. The three small red stripes represented the Jesus suffering on his way to the cross. The one large red stripe represented the blood Jesus shed as payment for our sins. The white stripes represented the sinless nature of Christ.
Link: http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-candy-cane.html

Christmas Bell

Christmas Bell
People gathered to seek the blessings of the newborn Jesus. A little blind boy wanted to meet the baby Jesus but couldn’t find his way; he later heard the tinkling of a cow’s bell. And he followed the tinkling bell to meet the holy Jesus.
http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-legends.html

Spiders and Tinsel on the Tree

Housecleaning for Christmas had forced all the spiders in the house to seek refuge in the attic. The baby spiders desperately wanted to see the Christmas tree downstairs. Reluctantly, the adult spiders crept with them to see the decorated tree...
Link: http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-stories/legend-of-spider.html

Why Robins Have Red Breasts

The fire in the manger that had kept the family warm was dying and it was beginning to get cold. None of the animals present were able to help restore its warmth for Mary and her Baby. A robin, an unexceptional looking bird, flew into the stable...
Link: http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-stories/legend-of-robin.html

The Legend of the Evergreen

A little bird injured his wing in its flight south for the winter. He sought refuge in a forest, but many of the trees refused to give him shelter. A spruce tree saw the bird's distress, and helped. The tall pines and the little juniper offered there assistance...
Link: http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-stories/legend-of-evergreen-trees.html

The Legend of the Christmas Rose

A young shepherdess peeked into the manger to see the baby Jesus. When she saw the beautiful gifts the Wisemen had given, she was ashamed she had nothing to offer...


Link: http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-stories/legend-of-christmas-rose.html

How Rudolph Came To Be

Robert May, was a poor copywriter in Chicago. His wife had been ill with cancer for two years. At Christmas time, his four-year-old daughter asked him why her mommy was so different from other mommies...
Link: http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-stories/legend-of-rudolph.html