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(Adoration of the Shepherds) (c. 1500–10), by Italian painter Giorgio da Castelfranco The Christmas Story: From Matthew 1:18-24 New International Version

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2:1-20

Columbia, SC area Christmas Events

THIS MAN CALLED JESUS - Presented by Lake Murray Baptist Church
A Christmas Drama that draws thousands each year. 35,058 attended in 2009 during 15 performances over three fabulous weekends. Presented by a costumed cast of over 405 with live animals, inspiring music, drama, awesome sound effects and lighting, this is a "must see" Christmas holiday event!
This Man Called Jesus Website

COLUMBIA CHRISTMAS PAGEANT - Presented by First Baptist Church Columbia, SC
Columbia Christmas Pageant Website

Columbia's longest running holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas illuminates the Zoo with nearly one million twinkling lights and more than 350 handcrafted images. Make a stop at the holiday village and take your photo with Santa. Roast marshmallows at the Jingle Bell Bonfire, and be sure to wear your hat - it snows nightly at Riverbanks during Lights Before Christmas.
Lights Before Christmas Website

GOVERNOR'S CAROLIGHTING - at South Carolina Statehouse
This special event heralds the official start of South Carolina's yuletide season with the lighting of the State's Christmas Tree.
Governor's Carolighting Website

CHRISTMAS IN CAYCE - sponsored by Town of Cayce
Cayce is a great place to get into the spirit of the Season at Christmastime! Christmas in Cayce is filled with rich traditions that residents and visitors look forward to each year.
Christmas in Cayce Website

CHRISTMAS AT KENSINGTON - restored mansion near Eastover / Owned and maintained by International Paper
Experience the smells and sounds of an 19th century holiday in Lower Richland County at Kensington Mansion. Continuing a tradition begun more than 20 years ago by International Paper, Kensington Mansion will be decked out in period decorations from early December to early January.

PROSPERITY CHRISTMAS PARADE - Sponsored by Town of Prosperity
The Prosperity Christmas Parade is held anually, on the first Sunday in December, beginning at 3PM. It is truly a small town Christmas event that is envied by many a town. Floats, bands, clowns, and all the usual parade antics march down Main Street celebrating the season and the fellowship of each other.
Prosperity Christmas Parade Website

From Most Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth on December 25. Before the 19th century, many Americans worked on Christmas, but in the industrial era the holiday also began to honor universal values such as home, children and family life, and to incorporate secular customs like exchanging gifts and cards, and the decoration of evergreen trees. Congress proclaimed Christmas a federal holiday in 1870.

Merry Christmas from Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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