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We love the Christmas season because it reveals the magnitude of God's love for us! He chose to send Jesus, His only Son, to be born among men so we could know this love. This is a message the world continually needs to hear. That's why Family Life's plans to make the most of this Christmas season by sharing this good news through special programming. Here's what you have to look forward to:

Christmas Music

Christmas music starts the day after Thanksgiving on Family Life and includes traditional carols, new songs celebrating Jesus' birth, and seasonal favorites.

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, your car, or wherever you go. The festival is sponsored by businesses, churches, and individuals across Family Life's listening network. Learn more about sponsoring.

You also can play Christmas music online, 24/7, all year round, with two online streaming choices. "A Family Life Christmas" combines multiple styles of Christmas music, past and present. "A Peaceful Christmas" plays mostly instrumental, easy listening tunes, and is wonderful background music during the season.

     
 

Radio Programs

For over three decades now, we've presented creative and wholesome Christmas content. The following dramatic elements share the story of a Savior coming to this earth:

When to hear each program

The Christmas Child
This is from Max Lucado’s book with the same title. This is a re-release of what was originally titled “The Christmas Cross”. It’s a story about finding your way home for the holidays. It is a very emotional and touching story that already has become a family classic. Reg Grant narrates the story and causes the listener to be glued to the radio throughout the entire tale. It is aired in two parts during the Family Hour on Monday, November 27 and Tuesday, November 28 at 7:40 PM.


A Marriage Carol
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 both tears and joy to the listener. It has become a Family Hour Christmas favorite and will be heard on Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 PM.


Nine Months in Nazareth
Enjoy this “radio present” from the folks at Focus on the Family as they creatively retell the story of the very first Christmas. Most people are probably familiar with details given in Luke 2, but there may be a few parts of that story that haven’t been considered before. Nine Months in Nazareth is told by a shepherd named Eliazer. He gives insightful looks at the people involved with that first Christmas and the issues that they faced in the months leading up to the birth of the baby Jesus. This unique feature will be aired on Friday, December 1 at 7:30 PM.


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Dennis Swanberg is known as “America’s Minister of Encouragement”. Most people think of “The Swan” as one who has makes them laugh – and laugh a lot. However, there’s a serious side to Dennis Swanberg as you will hear with, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. Dennis tells the story of little Harley, a young boy who was born with severe problems. He impersonates Jimmy Stewart in telling the story, and does so in such a way that every listener should make sure to have the Kleenex box close by! This heartwarming story will be heard also on Friday, December 1 at 7:50 PM.


All About Christmas
Frank Peretti, the master storyteller, is Mr. Henry, a substitute Sunday School teacher who goes wherever he can to tell stories. Mr. Henry is disorganized and clumsy, but he knows exactly what he’s doing and can make the dullest story come alive. Well, Mr. Henry has another story to tell - this one with a Christmas flavor. All About Christmas is from the Wild & Wacky Totally True Bible Stories collection. It’s the Christmas story like you’ve never heard before, and it is part of the Family Hour on Monday, December 4 at 7:30 PM.


Shoemaker Martin (The Shoemaker's Gift)
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. Listen to this Focus on the Family Radio Theatre production on the Family Hour Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 PM.


You Are There
This dramatic, Lamplighter Theater production will once again be part of Family Life Christmas programming during the Family Hour. You Are There is an audio re-enactment of the very first Christmas. Experience the birth of Jesus, the shepherds, the wisemen and even some events of Jesus as a young boy as if you were right on the scene. Feel the personal touch of what Mary and Joseph experienced from the announcement by Gabriel to the birth of Jesus to the hiding from Herod. It will be aired three nights in-a-row on Wednesday, December 6, Thursday, December 7, and Friday December 8. The first two programs begin at 7:30 PM with the Wednesday edition beginning at 7:40 PM.


The Shepherds' Prayer
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. The Shepherds’ Prayer will be broadcast during the Family Hour on three successive nights: Monday, December 11, Tuesday, December 12, and Wednesday, December 13 beginning at 7:30 PM.


To Seek the Child
Once again Family Life is bringing back this Moody Broadcasting production that has been a staple in our Christmas programming for a number of years. It’s a dramatic story of Manassa, a Roman centurion, who is confronted with the reality of the birth of the Messiah. He is torn between two worlds as he is asked to prove his allegiance to the king by killing all the babies born in the past two years while at the same time realizing that the baby Jesus is indeed the Messiah. This will be aired in two parts during the Family Hour on Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15. Both sections will begin at 7:35 PM as Family Life concludes its special Christmas programming.


History Live - The Messiah Report
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… 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 past becomes the present as Family Life presents History Live – The Messiah Report as part of the Family Hour on Monday, December 18 at 7:30 PM.


Candle in the Window
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. This exciting relatively new feature will be heard over three nights during the Family Hour, on Tuesday, December 19, Wednesday, December 20, and Thursday, December 21. Each episode begins at 7:30 PM.


All is Well
This is a classic work by Frank Peretti. All is Well is the story of a little girl in a single-parent home. She wants so desperately to make some money so that her mother won’t feel badly about not having a good Christmas. She tries to sell older odds and ends to the neighbors, but they’re not interested in buying until one man changes everything. You’d better have the tissue box handy when listening to this story! All is Well can be heard as part of the Family Hour on Friday, December 22 at 7:40 PM.


Holding Heaven
Taken from Jerry Jenkins’ book, Holding Heaven focuses on two conversations, 30 years apart, between the most celebrated person in history, Jesus, and his earthly father, Joseph. In the first, the father tells the son the details of his birth. God has invaded earth in the most unlikely place and under the most unusual of circumstances. In the second, the son tells the father – now on his deathbed – what is to come. Miracles will turn many from darkness to light. Yet how painful for the father to learn what the enemy will do with the very raw materials with which he has fashioned his living. An instant classic, two audio segments of Holding Heaven will be heard on the Family Hour on Tuesday, December 26 and Wednesday, December 27 at 7:30 PM.


Joy to the World
Everyone knows Christmas Carols, but not everyone knows the stories behind them. Mr. Jacobs and the Kids Corner kids are getting ready to go out into the neighborhood and spread some Christmas cheer, and a new visitor has come to join them! It’s Joy’s cousin, Noel, but she’s not so sure there’s much joy in the world, or peace on earth for that matter. Join us as Mr. Jacobs explains what the Bible has to say about these things and more! This brand new Family Life production will be aired on Thursday, December 28 at 7:40 PM!


Christmas by Injuction
A short story from Focus on the Family Radio Theatre’s, “Traveling Home for Christmas”, Christmas by Injunction by famous short story writer 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. The dramatic creation of O.Henry’s short story will be aired during the Family Hour on Friday, December 29 at 7:35 PM.


 

Online Programs

Listen at your convenience to the following theatrical productions that have been broadcast in years past:

 

 

Heard on High
Episode 1  |  Episode 2  |  Episode 3  |  Episode 4  |  Episode 5
Episode 6  |  Episode 7  |  Episode 8  |  Episode 9  |  Episode 10

The Christmas story and God’s ultimate message of love and forgiveness is seen from three separate vantage points. A small band of angels is busy in heaven preparing for Christ’s return when a modern day scene below catches their attention. A young girl, searching for true love and peace in her inner city home, finds herself pregnant with angry parents insisting on an abortion. Her desperate situation reminds the on-looking angels of a similar plight of a young girl some 2000 years earlier.


 

 

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 family? What if Christmas Eve is the anniversary of the worst event that’s ever happened 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 young son; and a struggling youth pastor who’s lost his zeal. On this one night the paths of these five will intersect and nothing will ever be the same! Listen and hear how seemingly small gestures can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.


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 unforgettable heartwarming song by NewSong instantly soared to the top of the charts some years ago. 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 beloved 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 captured listeners' hearts with her beloved Christmas novel, The Christmas Shoes. Now the story continues in The Christmas Blessing with young Nathan Andrews, who was the child who lost his mother to cancer. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from Meghan Sullivan – a young woman born with a hole in her heart that nevertheless hasn't prevented her from becoming a champion runner – and from a young boy named Charlie who teaches Nathan how to live a life of true courage. The Christmas Blessing, an Macmillan Audio production, is read by Oliver Wyman. It's an inspiring story about hope existing in the darkest place, and how love is always the greatest gift of all.


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 back to a simpler time, 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! We've put together colorful flyers with information about the special Christmas programming heard over the air. Fill out the form below to request flyers for your church or local business. You can also give them to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members.

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