Colleges Bidding Farewell to Christmas

University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi

Is your son or daughter in college? Hopefully they are home (or soon will be)—if for no other reason than to be able to truly celebrate Christmas.

Yes, we said Christmas … apparently a word that is unacceptable on more and more campuses these days!

Both the University of Mississippi and the University of Tennessee have recently made efforts to remove the name Christmas from any Christmastime activities.  (Read more here: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/12/09/mississippi-u-changes-name-christmas-event-christian/)

We wouldn’t want anyone to feel offended by people celebrating the actual reason for Christmas, now would we? 

Maybe upon your child’s return from college, the first thing your family should do is watch SAVING CHRISTMAS. Remind them: at home, it’s not only acceptable, but actually preferred to call Christmas, well, Christmas!

When You’re Alone at Christmas

Okay, here are two commercials that will tug at your heart and perhaps even cause your eyes to water just a bit! Both of these remind us that we can still do our best to reach out to loved ones who are far away at Christmastime.

Let’s remember to share the love of Christ with those in our midst who may be without family nearby. And let’s remember to share the love of Christ not only at Christmas, but throughout the coming year as well.

Enjoy …

 



Meet the Real, Not-Always-So-Jolly, St. Nicholas

At Christmastime, is Santa Claus a non-factor in your home? Or do you enjoy the cartoon-like “Jolly Old St. Nick” character that has grown in stature over the years?
 
Take a couple of minutes to watch tis scene clip from SAVING CHRISTMAS as Kirk Cameron talks about the origins of the character we now call Santa. 

No matter how you look at Santa in your home, chances are, you never thought of St. Nicholas as a “hero of the faith” before!

You can find SAVING CHRISTMAS at many of your favorite stores.


A Holiday Tree? Really?

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“It’s not a holiday tree, it’s a Christmas tree.”

Truer words have not been spoken.

John Fletcher, who leads the American Legion post in Marlborough, New Hampshire, said them after being told otherwise by the local school superintendent.

As noted by Todd Starnes on FoxNews.com

“For years the American Legion commander, who also portrays Santa Claus, had been allowed to post flyers in the public school to promote the annual Christmas event. But this year, Mr. Fletcher said the superintendent called to tell him he would need to ‘revise’ the flyer and remove the word ‘Christmas.’”

In SAVING CHRISTMAS, Kirk Cameron shares the biblical and historical basis for 

many of our CHRISTMAS traditions, including the CHRISTMAS tree. Now if we could only get a copy of the DVD into the superintendent’s hands!

As Mr. Fletcher so eloquently states:

“In this case, this political correctness has just gone too far. It’s just getting out of hand.”

Merry CHRISTMAS everyone!

Helping a Friend Celebrate Christmas

What if someone nearby could use a little cheering up this Christmas season? Would you be willing to step out of your comfort zone? That’s the idea behind this clever Christmas commercial that reminds us of the importance of celebrating this special season with friends and loved ones near and far.

We will post commercials like this one throughout the Christmas season as a way to remind us of what we discover in SAVING CHRISTMAS: by truly celebrating, we are honoring our Savior. And that’s a gift worth giving this year and every year!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_9rnHwuQ5I&sns=em

The Fear of Christmas Trees!

In SAVING CHRISTMAS, Kirk Cameron helps his brother-in-law understand the biblical connection between Jesus’ birth and our tradition of Christmas trees.

Apparently the government was paying attention. The Veteran’s Administration tried to ban Christmas trees at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

"Trees (regardless of the types of ornaments used) have been deemed to promote the Christian religion and will not be permitted in any public areas this year,’ the email stated.”

It gets worse. These so-called leaders also tried to ban all “religious” Christmas music. So, you can have Frosty on auto play, but don’t try to sneak in Silent Night.

“Music travels and should be secular (non-religious) and appropriate to the work environment.’ the email stated. The VA decided to go into full Grinch-mode and ban visiting entertainers from warbling any Christmas carol that included the words ‘Christ’ or ‘Christmas."

This would be laughable if they weren’t dead serious about it. Fortunately, a local pastor helped lead a community-wide fight against these strange (and unconstitutional) regulations.

You can read the full story here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/11/23/va-christmas-tree-ban-causes-yuletide-uprising.html

Just another example of why Kirk Cameron is all about SAVING CHRISTMAS!

 

Let the Holy Days Begin!

Let the Holy Days Begin!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Could there be anything more appropriate than setting aside a day to give thanks to God for all He provides? We hope you and your family have a meaningful and joyous celebration of Thanksgiving. As we read in Psalm 100:4,

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.”

And with Thanksgiving  the Holiday season is upon us! Or, as Kirk Cameron says, “By the holidays, I mean the ‘holy days’ of Thanksgiving and Christmas—not the convoluted idea of wishing everyone a ‘Happy Holidays’ so we don't offend anyone!”

Let the Holy Days begin with family, friends, food … and grateful hearts!

Coffee Cups, Candace, and Christmas

In SAVING CHRISTMAS, Kirk Cameron attends a Christmas party at the home of his sister—played by his real-life sister Bridgette Ridenour. (An aside: one of the bonus features on the SAVING CHRISTMAS DVD is Kirk and Bridgette reliving some of their favorite Cameron Christmas memories from their childhoods.)

Another sister is Candace Cameron Bure, who also is one of the hosts of the television show The View. Weighing in on what has become the biggest “controversy” of the Christmas season this year, Candace posted a picture of the Starbucks plain red cup on her Instagram.

Among here well-reasoned thoughts:

“Until Starbucks puts a baby Jesus or nativity scene on the cup while saying Merry Christmas, then pulls it because they say it’s offensive, let’s talk. I don't remember Starbucks ever being a Christian company, do you?”

Candace concludes with this:

“So, I will joyfully sip on my Starbucks coffee, in a plain red cup, and instead of complaining about the lack of decorations, I will lovingly share the good news of Jesus Christ with friends and co-workers or anyone who’s willing to engage in conversation. Merry Christmas to all!”

Sounds like another one of Kirk’s sisters is SAVING CHRISTMAS!

Read more about Candace’s take on Starbucks here.

Colonel Sanders saves Tokyo's Christmas

Come to think of it, Harlan Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken does look somewhat like Santa Claus. So, Japan can be forgiven for apparently confusing the Kentucky Colonel with Saint Nick. "Of all the odd mutations of American culture to be exported abroad, Japan’s KFC Christmas tradition may be one of the oddest," writes Molly Osberg. "This month, KFC Japan will bring in revenue up to ten times greater than what it earns during other months of the year."

Throughout Japan just for Christmas, "life-size Colonel Sanders statues—a staple in the country—are dressed in red attire and Santa hats."

Santa, of course, is one of the targets defended by Kirk Cameron in this Christmas season's surprise movie hit, "Saving Christmas." But fried chicken wasn't exactly on his mind. Cameron's focus was on defending the annual celebration of Christ's birth.

In Japan, only a tiny fraction of the population is Christian and the holiday is, as Osberg puts it, "a secular-slash-commercial affair" where "yuletide cheer goes hand in hand with a Christmas-branded bucket of chicken—or, as the Japanese call KFC, simply “Kentucky.”

Santa and Sanders seem to have become blurred together in the Land of the Rising Sun. "On Christmas Eve, Kentucky Fried Chicken’s lines snake down the block, and those unlucky enough not to pre-order their special chicken buckets a month in advance may have to go without KFC’s signature blend of 11 herbs and spices.

"And not having KFC on Christmas in Japan is a real bummer," writes Osberg. "In what appears to be one of the most successful fast food marketing campaigns of all time, KFC has for more than thirty years maintained a uniquely on-brand alternate history in Japan, one that makes fried chicken ubiquitous on the day of Jesus’ birth.

“The prevailing wisdom here is that Americans eat chicken on the 25th,” Osberg says that friend wrote from Tokyo last week. He said he has “blown countless Japanese minds” by suggesting that Western KFCs may even close on Christmas.

Apparently, the Japanese tradition began in 1974 when a clever marketer rolled out the “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (“Kentucky for Christmas!”) campaign in Japan.

"KFC’s spokespeople have told journalists that the idea for Japan's Kentucky Christmas was born when a Western visitor couldn’t find turkey on December 25th and visited a KFC for chicken instead," writes Osberg. "Legend has it that an enterprising franchise manager noticed and passed on the tip.

"The first Kentucky Christmas meal sold for a pricey $10 (almost $48 in 2014 money) and contained fried chicken and wine; now, KFC’s Japanese Christmas meals cost about $40 and come with champagne and cake.

Last year, Masao “Charlie” Watanabe, the president of KFC Japan, bought one of the Colonel’s signature white suits for $21,510 at an auction in Dallas and promptly tried it on. “Every child in Japan knows Colonel Sanders’ face and his uniform,” an ecstatic Watanabe told an AP reporter through a translator, posing in the baggy suit for a photograph and flashing a thumbs-up sign.

Osberg finds Japan's tradition ironic -- particularly since "after my family has unwrapped our gifts on Christmas morning, we’ll all head to Boston’s Chinatown" for a traditional Chinese buffet.

But as Kirk Cameron knows, the reason for the season remains the same ... regardless of the language or seasoning.

New York Times proves why "Saving Christmas" is important

The New York Times -- which is in the middle of laying off 100 staffers due to the public's growing disinterest in what the Times thinks -- made no effort to attract new Christian readers on Christmas Day. Instead, the nation's supposed "newspaper of record" sneered at the majority of Americans -- who tell pollsters they are believers -- on the very day celebrated nationwide as Jesus' birthday.

"Christmas Day on the New York Times opinion page meant two pro-athiest pieces, but no column to reflect the view of Christian believers on one of their two biggest holidays of the year," wrote Fred Lucas for the Blaze. 

The Times' snide attacks dispelled the Washington Post's recent back-handed proclamation: "Kirk Cameron can breathe easy: the War on Christmas is over. Jesus won."

Cameron, of course, ruffled liberal and atheist feathers with his politically incorrect "Saving Christmas" movie -- still in theaters weeks after its limited run was supposed to end ... amid unprecedented social media attacks by activist atheists.

So, the Post says the war on Christmas has been won by believers? New York Times Magazine food columnist Mark Bittman demonstrated otherwise on Christmas Day -- setting the Times' hostile tone with his "An Atheist’s Christmas Dream.“

“I’ve spent much of my life trying to ignore Christmas,” he wrote. “As a secular Jew, an atheist and a progressive, my reasons are common. It’s a commercial, obnoxious, even dreaded holiday. But it’s not changing anytime soon and we should make the best of it. (Hanukkah, I might note, is no better, although it gives us an excuse to eat latkes.)”

T. M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, wrote "Religion Without God," praised the Unitarian Universalist church, whose statement of principles does not include God. “As it happens, this kind of God-neutral faith is growing rapidly, in many cases with even less role for God than among Unitarians,” Luhrmann explained.

She said part of the reason for going to church without a faith is for community.

“Religion is fundamentally a practice that helps people to look at the world as it is and yet to experience it — to some extent, in some way — as it should be,” she wrote. “Much of what people actually do in church — finding fellowship, celebrating birth and marriage, remembering those we have lost, affirming the values we cherish — can be accomplished with a sense of God as metaphor, as story, or even without any mention of God at all.”

Interestingly, as a majority of Americans celebrated Christmas with joy, fewer of them are reading the New York Times, writes Ken Kurson  of the New York Observer: "The Times is staring at an enormous shortfall—as much as $50 million, according to this source—that must be closed immediately.

And with drooping circulation and reduced advertising income, "that explains the draconian cuts of 100 journalists," writes Kerson. "As the New York Times prepares for the latest culling of the most talent-rich newsroom in America, the sad march has already begun. David Corcoran, a Times near-lifer who runs the beloved Science Times section, has reportedly accepted a buyout, as have legendary business reporters Floyd Norris and Bill Carter, labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, arts reporter Carol Vogel, staff editor Jack Bell, plus at least six photographers and picture editors."

Maybe the Times shouldn't be putting so much faith in atheists and Godless religion.