Every year, my family watches “It’s a Wonderful Life” together. This year, my kids watched with their feet propped up by the fire. They make me laugh. What are some of your family traditions?

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Grab your morning coffee and enjoy a few articles I’ve found interesting lately. I call them my Friday Finds. Enjoy.

1. Be a Bookworm, Not a Goldfish

via Breaking Point

It turns out that more than a quarter of Americans didn’t read a single book this year, in any form.

And get this: One in three American men have not read one book in the last twelve months. And those with low incomes and no college education were even less likely to do so.”

Does this surprise you? This article also talks about the massive decrease in attention spans. How are you helping your kids be bookworms instead of goldfish?

2. Local Family Inadvertently Prints Imprecatory Psalms on Christmas Cards

via The Babylon Bee

You might have seen this floating around your Facebook this week but if not, it’s pretty funny.

 3. Who was St. Nicholas?

via The Gospel Coalition

“With what little we know about St. Nicholas, it is safe to say he would not be pleased to know he had eclipsed Christ in the hearts of many as the central figure of Christmas. For the bishop of Myra no doubt knew the angel’s words to Joseph: “Mary will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” So this Christmas, give gifts if you like. We will in our family. Receive them all with thanksgiving. But do not forget what we need most—salvation through substitution. This is one gift the real St. Nicholas would not have overlooked.”

 4. The Problem with our Holly Jolly Christmas Songs

via Russell Moore

“In a time when we seem to learn of a new tragedy each day, the unbearable lightness of Christmas seems absurd to the watching world. But, even in the best of times, we all know that we live in a groaning universe, a world of divorce courts and cancer cells and concentration camps. Just as we sing with joy about the coming of the Promised One, we ought also to sing with groaning that he is not back yet (Rom. 8:23), sometimes with groanings too deep for lyrics.”

5. 5 Christian Cliches That Need to Die

via Boundless

“A good sentence is a gift. We love finding complex truth shrink-wrapped in clear, simple, memorable form. It’s why Charles Spurgeon, C. S. Lewis, and Tim Keller are dominating a newsfeed near you. Even God likes pithy statements — at least enough to breathe out a whole book of them.

But one-liners aren’t always helpful. Sometimes, in our desire to simplify truth, we can trivialize and even obscure it. And to obscure the truth is to tell a lie.”

 6. He Came Down

via Speak Life

If this video doesn’t bring a few tears to your eyes…

“Gathered around that wee baby boy, all people are welcome to know heaven’s joy. From angels to donkeys, from shepherds to kings, the little Lord Jesus, God’s welcome he brings. He came to our darkness from heaven above. He stooped to the crib and the cross out of love.”

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