Title: How to Have a Great Christmas
December 19, 2010
Text: Matthew 1:18-25
Here we are less than one week away from Christmas and many of us still have so many preparations yet to complete. How many of you still have to shop for gifts? There is a mad flurry of shopping, going to parties, decorating, baking, writing Christmas cards and so forth. In the midst of all this, I wish to remind everyone not to forget the true meaning of Christmas . . . eggnog. No, of course, I’m joking. The true meaning of Christmas is the birth of Jesus. You knew that.
Here is something that I found very interesting. This past week, Larry King, hung up his microphone and suspenders and retired from his well-known talk show program on CNN after 25 years on the cable news network. King had a remarkable career as a softball interviewer with guests ranging from politicians, celebrities, notorious newsmakers and pop culture icons. He received many accolades over the years. TV Guide has called him “the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever” and he has been dubbed “master of the mike” by TIME magazine.
Larry King has been in the broadcast business for more than 40 years and has conducted more than 40,000 interviews, including every U.S. president since the Nixon administration. Other guests have included Marlon Brando, Mikhail Gorbachev, Frank Sinatra, Billy Graham, Paul McCartney, and Malcolm X. And many, many others. Certainly the man has had an interesting life, having met and talked to the most interesting people in this generation and has made millions of dollars doing it.