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A creche from Columbia is part of the Nativity Museum at First United Methodist in Tullahoma, Tenn. Photo by Kathryn Price.

New Ways to See the Nativity Scene

Video points out small details in the familiar figures of a manger scene which give added meaning to the story of Christ's birth. View

Advent Reflection: Waiting on the Light

"Advent done well helps us center ourselves." Watch and share this meditation on how to prepare yourself for the birth of Jesus. View

Volunteers place wreaths on every gravestone at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery at Killeen.

Holiday Wreaths for Veterans

Some volunteers in Texas have chosen to honor soldiers' sacrifices with a special holiday tradition. View

The Rev. David Fison interprets the Christmas story through a 12-foot Tsimshian Indian-style totem pole he designed and carved from yellow cedar at his home in Anchorage, Alaska. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Christmas Totem Pole

A United Methodist pastor carved the Christmas story into a totem pole. A raven represents the angels, and Mary and Joseph journey to Nazareth in a dugout canoe. View

A shopper leaves with gifts from 61st Avenue United Methodist Church's Last Minute Toy Store. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Last Minute Toy Store

A United Methodist church helps parents make their children's dreams come true on Christmas morning. View

Volunteers at East Lake United Methodist Church in Palm Harbor, Florida make toys for kids in need. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Santa’s Toymakers at Church

United Methodist volunteers have made 25,000 toys for kids in need. "It's not just what's going in the box, it's what's going on inside that building." View

Chuck Knows Church lights and Advent Wreath and talks about the significance of each candle.

Chuck Knows Church: Advent Wreath

Advent is a time of anticipation. Chuck looks at the symbolism in using an Advent wreath to count the weeks to Christmas. View

Advent Meditation: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

The human condition can, at times, be one of struggle, yet through faith, the spirit rises above even tragedy, and hope and love prevail. View

Volunteers at Edgewater United Methodist Church recycle bikes into a child's favorite Christmas gift

Bikes for Christmas

Volunteers recycle bikes into a child's favorite Christmas gift. View

UMTV: Border Separates Families at Christmas

For those divided by the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana, the wall is a reminder of Mary and Joseph's experience of rejection. View

While being held in a POW camp in the U.S. during World War II, German prisoners made this Nativity. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

POW Nativity Scene

While being held in a POW camp in the U.S. during World War II, German prisoners constructed a very special holiday creation. View

Chuck explores the story of the Three Kings from the Gospel of Matthew.

Chuck Knows Church: Wise Men

The first visitors who came to worship the Baby Jesus are called the Wise Men or the Three Kings. View

Trash Trees for Christmas

New York church goes green with non-traditional trees that get attention. "This must be a really quirky place. People must be fun here." View

Members of AfterHours Denver sing hymns with the homeless in Civic Center Park on Christmas Day 2014. Video image by Deniger Stories for AH Denver.

Denver Church Celebrates Christmas with the Homeless

If you ever doubt there is God’s work going on in the world, watch 600 volunteers spend the holiday with their homeless brothers and sisters. View

Church members from Apex UMC take part in a Las Posadas.

Las Posadas: Welcoming Jesus

“Posadas is a beautiful chaos and today is no exception.” Follow along as church members reenact the Christmas story with their neighbors. View

Chuck Knows Church talks about the distractions that get in the way of Christmas.

Chuck Knows Church: Christmas Comes Into Focus

Chuck offers focus to those who feel overwhelmed by the many distractions of the Christmas season. View

Chuck decodes the meaning behind the colors you see around your church at certain times of the year.

Chuck Knows Church: Liturgical Colors

Chuck decodes the meaning behind the colors you see around your church at certain times of the year. View

Texas rancher Glen Fisher talks about how he relates to the shepherds at the Nativity.

Modern Shepherd at Christmas

Herding is one of the world's oldest occupations, and shepherds are some of the key figures in the story of Christ's birth. View

Microloans made through the Nyadire Connection empower farmers and small business owners in Zimbabwe

Microloans for Christmas

A college student asked his peers to give small gifts to support a Zimbabwe farmer. Donations buy chickens, dig wells, and pay school fees. View

With the help of ZOE, Purity Muthoni is able to support her family. The orphans are self-supporting.

UMTV: Christmas for AIDS Orphans

Some children orphaned by AIDS in Africa can now grow crops and share the fruits of their success with others. View

A volunteer wraps gifts for Open Arms, a ministry of churches in North Carolina.

Secret Santa

A stealthy group of volunteers helps fulfill Christmas wishes while preserving the parental pleasure of giving gifts. View

First United Methodist Church of Tullahoma, Tennessee hosts a Nativity museum.

Nativities Tell Christmas Stories

While Nativity scenes tell the story of the birth of Jesus, they also come with life stories for the people who own them. View