Behold the Lamb of God: A Must See! (And a Giveaway, too!)

It’s hard to believe that the Christmas season is fast approaching. Back in July when we started talking about the Holidays, it seemed forever and a day away. But, in just a few short weeks, the Halloween candy will be gone, and Santas and reindeer will abound. And one question that I ask myself about this time of year is, How can we stay focused on Christ and not get swept away in all the hoopla?

One of the wonderful events of our last Christmas season was the opportunity FishPapa and I had to attend the Behold the Lamb of God tour with Andrew Peterson, Bebo Norman, Jill Phillips, Sarah Groves, and others. It was an amazing night. The music and the lyrics are so God-centered, it is really a wonderful way to enter the Christmas season, focused on Jesus.

I’ve said it before, but this album is a must-have in your Christmas collection. And if you are within driving distance of one of the towns on the tour, the concert is a must see. I wish I had the money to give everyone who wanted one a copy of this CD. I love it that much! And you can bet I’ll be lobbying for a West Coast tour site next year! In the few short years that we’ve had the album, it has definitely become a family tradition.

To give you a taste of this music that is so steeped in HIS story, Andrew has graciously offered to participate in another giveaway. And this time, there will be two winners!

— One reader will receive a DVD of the 2004 Behold the Lamb of God concert, featuring performances by Andrew Peterson, Pierce Pettis, Phil Keaggy, Jill Phillips, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Randall Goodgame, Andrew Osenga, Ben Shive, Andy Gullahorn, Phil Madeira, Gabe Scott, and others. It was the first tour put together and from all accounts, it was amazing.

— Another reader will receive the children’s book and CD: The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats. This is one of our favorite songs on the album, and since FishPapa can’t win this giveaway, he assures me we’ll be purchasing this book this year. It is a hilarious way to learn Jesus’ geneaology, but “the story and song also demonstrate that Abraham’s long lineage leads directly to the most important Bible character ever….Jesus.”

So, to enter this giveaway, please leave a comment and tell us your favorite Christmas tradition.

One entry per person. Blood relatives of the FishMama are not allowed to enter. (Sorry, kids.) This contest will be open until Sunday night, 9 pm PST.

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  1. The Joys of having Boys says:

    Our favorite tradition is celebrating Advent. We have a calendar the kids get to open and they love the candles that we light at dinner.

  2. We have a few, but our favorite?? Hmmm…reading the Christmas story out of the gospel of Luke on Christmas morning w/ muffins and o.j. before opening gifts. It sets the tone for the whole day! My family did it, and now we do it with our children.

  3. The Things We Say says:

    We put a manger (in reality a small basket) filled with straw (okay raffia) underneath our Christmas tree as soon as the tree is up. It sits empty until Christmas morning when there inside is baby Jesus (ie. one of my daughter’s naked baby dolls) wrapped in swaddling clothes (a blue receiving blanket I keep). My kids rush to see the tiny manger instead of their presents. They love it.

    We also do the advent tree as described in the book Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent and Barbara Hughes. Each day the kids hang an ornament that represents a Bible story that shows us God’s plan for the world….story and devotional included in the resource section of the book.

  4. oooooo! i so enjoy andrew peterson! i think i told you once before that there is one song that makes me weep because i think of my alex each time. it is about isaac. we forego the big dinner sort of thing on christmas eve and have snacks…….all the good (read bad for you) kind of snacks that we would never consider having for a meal:) we keep our christmas cards in a basket, and on new year’s day we pull one from the basket at dinnertime and pray for that person or family. i really like that tradition…..this year will be a handmade christmas!!!
    p.s. good read 100 dollar christmas! (mckibben)

  5. Every year since my husband and I have been married we have boughten a different Christmas book and only pull them out at Christmas so they remain special. It wasn’t until we started having kids did reading them Christmas Eve night become a tradition.

  6. Our family loves this CD too! I would love to have the DVD or the new book to read to the kids. Thanks for this great giveaway.

    My favorite tradition is to sit in the dark with only the Christmas tree lights on while we drink hot chocolate and listen to Christmas music.

  7. sheila howe says:

    For quite a few years now, we’ve done ‘adornaments’ along with a cd (can’t remember the name), but it has all the scripture songs that go along with Jesus names. We hang a different ornament every night and sing the song.

  8. Alexandra Hancock says:

    We always (like clockwork) get the Christmas decorations and tree all decked out the day after Thanksgiving. It’s tradition. And we can enjoy the decor for a little longer. Our new tradition we are starting this year is a jesse tree. 🙂

  9. countrywife02 says:

    My favorite time is reading the Christmas story from Luke together as a family before we open presents. It puts the real meaning of Christmas into focus for us.

  10. We all the family get together in one house and we spend time , and share stories.

  11. JessieLeigh says:

    My favorite tradition is attending Christmas Eve mass together (extra special now that I have a child born on Christmas Eve!) and then driving by a beautiful life size nativity set done by a local artist. There is something breath-taking about that scene and all the children stand in awe. I love it.

  12. We love Andrew and we love Christmas music!

    We put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving, turn off the lights, watch the tree lights, sing Christmas Carols and dance. Then, we pop popcorn and watch “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The kids are already asking when we can put the tree up this year!

  13. We have advent tree ornaments that my sister handmade. Each night we read the corresponding bible story and hand the ornament. Also, I love going to Candlelight service on Christmas Eve. It is so nice to stay focused on the reason for celebrating Christmas!

  14. Putting up the Christmas Tree and making Christmas Candy is without a doubt our family fave!

  15. michellenotdawn says:

    Oh wow, what a treat. We should be in Orlando on the date of the show, so I’m begging for tickets as an early Christmas gift!

    Well, since this is the first Christmas Fox will really remember, we are starting our traditions – getting things together for a Jesse tree. I can’t wait!

  16. Amy Starr says:

    We like to watch Young Messiah – it’s so old, that it’s funny, but that’s the fun of it. And I always get goosebumps when the Hallelujah Chorus comes on, with the wonderful dancing! Thanks! We love Andrew Peterson!

  17. Our Christmas traditions: going ornament shopping the weekend after Thanksgiving and putting up the tree; cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning; a paper prayer chain to count down to Christmas and remember friends and family. Love your giveaways!


  18. We love Christmas!!! Setting up the nativity scene has been a special part of the season for me since I was a kid, now I love that my kids enjoy it too & we have a couple unbreakable nativities that they use to act out the Christmas story countless times during the season.

  19. Before we open any gifts on Christmas morning, my husband reads the Christmas story from Luke 2.

  20. The Irwins says:

    I cook breakfast at our house on Christmas morning, and me and my husband’s parents come down to our house to enjoy a time of fellowship together over breakfast. Our son plays with his new toys and sings Christmas songs to them. It’s such a special time together.

  21. Melissa P. says:

    i love listen to christmas music while our family decorates the tree. it sets the mood for the season! thanks for the contest!

    melissaplatt1 (at) gmail (dot) com

  22. we do the advent and have a birthday cake for Jesus, before anything else we have birthday cake

  23. Christina says:

    My favorite tradition growing up was going out to cut down the tree. It was tall (15 feet) and took all day hiking out in various tree farms (that spanned acres). Great fun!

  24. Christmas is my favorite time of year and because of that we have started several traditions that we just cannot do without…we put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving while playing Christmas music or watching a Christmas movie. We watch a different Christmas show or movie each evening and we read only Christmas theme stories at bedtime each night. Each year we buy or make each child a new ornament for the tree that has a special meaning for them in that year. For two years now we have had the most wonderful traditional of all – a Jesse Tree. Each day starting the end of November we have a new ornament to hang on our tree and there is a corresponding Bible verse and story to go with it. Each day a little more is told about Jesus and his birth. I learned about the Jesse Tree from the Graham 12 Week Holiday planner and it has REALLY made our holiday more special!

  25. What a GREAT giveaway!!! My favorite tradition is going to see the entries to the National Gingerbread House Contest. We go every year, and they are just AMAZING!!!

    I’ve actually been getting Jesse Tree pattern books and Advent activity books lately. I’m looking forward to starting new Advent related traditions 🙂

  26. Last year we did a Jesse Tree and we celebrated Epiphany for the first time. I am looking forward to doing it again every year with our family!

    onlycancan at hotmail dot com

  27. We have a lot of different things that we do, and we change things every year. One thing we have done every year was actually my mom’s idea. The boys give Christmas gifts to Jesus. We have a baby doll that we place in a basket to represent Jesus, and on Christmas eve we set out his presents. The first year the boys made Christmas ornaments with their pictures in them to represent that they were giving themselves to Jesus. Last year they brought him a cupcake with a birthday candle.

  28. Philippians 4:8 says:

    An Advent calendar, Christmas cookies, and a new ornament for each child – marked with name and year. The kids really love getting out the ornaments each year and finding “theirs.”Eventually they will take their ornaments to their own home.

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