We only have one "Devotional of the Day" spot, after all.

And that's just not enough space to showcase all the marvelous, worshipful, inspirational, and fresh Christmas-related devotional content so many of our regular devotional providers have posted or will post this month.

Sure, you can access any of this material any time by visiting our Devotionals page and checking out any of our 57 (and always growing) varied options. But the only way you might have seen some of this excellent content is by being an email subscriber to a particular devotional, since none of the following devotionals made it into that prime "Devotional of the Day" position on our homepage.

We hope this has so far been a blessed and wonderful Christmas season for you. The samples below, chosen by Crosswalk editors, will reflect and boost that joy you're feeling. If this has been a difficult time for you, we pray these writers will communicate the hope of Christmas to you. As we compiled this list (which is by no means exhaustive of the Christmas content we have received), one theme kept emerging: the remembrance of why we celebrate Christmas, why we give gifts, why we sing praises. 

We pray those things will be in your heart as you prepare for the coming of the Christ child. Please enjoy our 2009 version of "The Twelve Devotionals of Christmas."

(in no particular order...)

12. "Less is More"
From: Crosswalk: The Devotional
Scripture: And they will call him Immanuel—which means, God with us. Matthew 1:23
Key Text: Up until now ... I was compelled to put out everything I owned that had a Christmas theme so it would all be on display. Then, I had to purchase several ornaments each year to augment my collection so that it was always growing and featured the latest and greatest in holiday decor. But this year, something is changing inside of me. And I think I'm finally learning that Christmas is really more about less ... less of me and my perfectly displayed decorations ... less of me and my "impressive" gift-giving to family and friends ... less of me and my attendance at see-and-be-seen holiday parties ... less of me and what I want for Christmas or how I want God to bless me. ... It's more about what God has given to all mankind. (Read the rest here)
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11. "The Real St. Nicholas"
From: Daily Living for Seniors
Scripture: Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:11-13
Key Text: St. Nick's fame still carries faint reminders of this ancient man of God—the red color of his bishop's robes, his lectures to children about good behavior, and his secret gifts of food and money to those in need. Yet if he were alive today, this saint would humbly deflect attention from himself as he did centuries ago, and point people to his Master. Shouldn't you do the same this holiday season? (Read the rest here)
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