Have you ever wondered why we put up a tree, or gather on Christmas morning to open presents? While Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, our culture is losing the deeper meaning behind the symbolic message of tradition. We can even pass on Christmas traditions to our children without knowing the “why” behind them.

Pastor Waxer Tipton shares with us in a two-part series where some of the symbols of Christmas originated, and how the history points to the gospel message that has carried over into modern cultural practice.

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The Star of Bethlehem: Unlock the Mystery of the World’s Most Famous Star – DVD
By Mpower Pictures

For centuries, skeptics and seekers alike have pondered the star of Bethlehem. The Bible describes unusual or even impossible astronomical events at Christ’s birth. Was it a miracle or mere myth? This compelling DVD – from producer Stephen McEveety (“The Passion of the Christ”) – examines Scripture, ancient writings, indisputable astronomical facts and more. Learn nine specific features of the star recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, how it established a date for Jesus’ birth and death . . . and its significance for you today! Running time is approximately 65 minutes.

Listen to Part 2! The History of Santa Claus

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