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Christmas Music

It's the season for celebrating Jesus' birth! Christmas music starts on Family Life the day after Thanksgiving and continues through Christmas to the end of the year. Rejoice with traditional carols, new songs celebrating the birth of Christ, and many seasonal favorites. We are 50% weekdays through 12/7, with all Christmas evenings.  12/8 we begin playing all Christmas and will continue through the 72-Hour Christmas Music Festival.  12/26, we'll return to 50% Christmas through New Year's Eve.  We will kick off 2019 with a Day of Praise and return to our regular programming on 1/2/19.

The joy culminates Dec. 23-25 during the "72-hour Christmas Music Festival." For three days, Family Life plays nothing but Christmas music to enhance the spirit in your home or wherever you happen to be.

Looking for a more customized listening experience? Try one of two year-round online Christmas music streams. "A Family Life Christmas" combines multiple styles of Christmas music, past and present. "A Peaceful Christmas" plays mostly instrumental, easy listening tunes, and makes wonderful background music during the season. 


Family Hour Specials

It's been our pleasure for the past three decades to present creative and wholesome Christmas programs for the whole family to listen to together. So, turn off the TV, gather the family, and enjoy these classic stories on the Family Hour.

View the condensed Family Hour schedule

Candle in the Window (three parts)
Wednesday, Dec.12 | Thursday, Dec. 13 | Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 PM

This is a production from Lamplighter Theater. Candle in the Window is the story of Tully who wants more than anything to make his teacher smile. But no one knows that Miss Ravenstow is trying to escape the pain from her past. No one, that is, except for Tod the mailman, who holds in his hands something far more valuable than a special delivery. This Christmas the entire family can be inspired with a story that makes love real, that brings hope home, that points us all to the Light of the World.

The Messiah Report
Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 PM

The Middle East...political unrest...an oppressive government...heavy taxation...violent radical factions seeking the government’s overthrow...and freedom threatened by a foreign government because of a religious culture that refuses to bow to outside pressure to conform. It’s a picture that could be cut from today’s news clippings of the Middle East. But this is a picture more than 2000 years old. It's the picture of Israel at the birth of its Messiah, Yeshua bar Joseph - the birth of Jesus, the Christ. History Live-The Messiah Report brings the reality of late breaking news to the troubled, exciting and revolutionary time of birth of the Son of God. We join real people, in a real place and time as they watch prophecy unfold before their eyes.

The Shepherd’s Prayer (three parts)
Wednesday, Dec. 19 | Thursday, Dec. 20 | Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:30

A young man, orphaned as a baby, sets off to discover the truth about the circumstances of his birth, the fate of his parents, and his heritage. Having been raised in a culture where bloodlines mean everything, he seems forever condemned to live as an outsider on the fringes of society until he discovers his true heritage. His only clue is a cryptic message on a lambskin blanket about a child born in a stable in Bethlehem. Who is this mysterious child? And what could such a child have to do with his own birth and destiny? The answers will change his life forever…and maybe yours. This exciting radio drama is based on the book by Richard Barry and adapted for radio by Dave Arnold, Executive Producer of Adventures in Odyssey. Take a journey to Bethlehem and experience the birth and life of Jesus Christ in a fresh and thought-provoking way.

A Marriage Carol (two parts)
Wednesday, Dec. 26 | Thursday, Dec. 27 at 7:30 PM

Adapted from the Moody Publishers title by Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman, A Marriage Carol is a drama for Family Life created by Moody Radio. The story follows Marlee and Jacob, a couple on their way to sign divorce papers. But a snow storm spins their car across the ice, and the collision that follows puts everything on ice. This powerful drama is a must listen for those whose marriage is facing an uncertain future. It will bring you both tears and joy.

The Shoemaker’s Gift
Friday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 PM

Russian novelist Count Leo Toltsoy, known for masterpieces such as “War and Peace” wrote a number of short stories also. One of his most endearing stories is one that has been given many names. Shoemaker Martin embodies the message of the season that the greatest gift is the one that’s given from the heart. It’s a heartwarming story of how everyone can use the gift that God has given them to encourage others. Enjoy this Focus on the Family Radio Theatre production.

Christmas by Injuction
Friday, Dec. 29 at 7:35 PM

Focus on the Family Radio Theatre presents O. Henry’s “Christmas by Injunction." The story takes us back in time to the “gold rush” in the Old West of the United States. O. Henry tells of a prospector who comes into some money and decides to play Santa for his home town. You’ll be warmed by the kindness of one individual as he seeks to bring Christmas to the children.


Online Programs

Stream these beloved theatrical productions from years past, any time you like!



A Christmas Carol
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Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic takes on a fresh flavor in this touching family radio drama from the producers of "Focus on the Family Radio Theatre." True to the original content of Dickens' masterpiece, this presentation vividly contrasts the age-old struggle between earthly gain and eternal treasure. As the stirring story unfolds, you and your family will be challenged anew to examine your own hearts, and re-evaluate where your treasure really is.

Midnight Clear
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Christmas is a joyful time spent with family, but what if you don’t have one? What if Christmas Eve is the anniversary of the worst event in your life? Midnight Clear, written by Jerry Jenkins and distributed in audio by Oasis Audio, has an eclectic cast: A middle-aged man who’s just lost his job; the owner of a run-down gas station having to work the holiday; a lady well past her prime with no reason to live; a mother who'll do anything for her son; and a struggling youth pastor who’s lost his zeal. When the paths of these five intersect, nothing will ever be the same.

The Christmas Shoes
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The Christmas Shoes has become one of the many seasonal favorites on Family Life. It is an extraordinary tale based on the #1 hit single of the same name. The audio book has mesmerized listeners and has captured the hearts of thousands. This Macmillan Audio production is read by Paul Michael and depicts a chance meeting on Christmas Eve of Robert, a successful attorney who has everything in life - and nothing at all, and Nathan, an eight-year-old who is losing his mother to cancer. The Christmas Shoes is a tale of how God’s power can shape and even save our lives.

The Christmas Blessing
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Author Donna VanLiere continues The Christmas Shoes with The Christmas Blessing. Young Nathan Andrews, the child who lost his mother, is now a medical student in his third year. Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith and sacrifice. These are lessons he will learn from a young woman born with a hole in her heart, and from a young boy named Charlie who a lives a life of true courage. The Christmas Blessing, a Macmillan Audio production, is read by Oliver Wyman, and is an inspiring story about hope in the darkest place, and love being the greatest gift.

The Christmas Candle
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In this exciting story by Max Lucado and published by Oasis Audio, The Christmas Candle takes the listener on a journey to a small English village where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens – except at Christmas time. That's when a mysterious angel suddenly appears in a lowly candle maker's shop – when the holy and the human collide in a way that only God could imagine. Glowing bright with a timeless message, The Christmas Candle will warm your heart with a surprising reminder of God's bountiful love. The Christmas Candle is dramatically read by Greg Whalen.


Christmas Flyers

Help share Christ's love this Christmas season with colorful flyers about the special Christmas programming heard over the air.

Fill out the form below to request flyers for your church or local business. Give them to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members.

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