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The Cost of Christmas John 1:1-14

The Cost of Christmas

What if we looked at Christmas in terms of relationships? The cost is still high, but the impact is much greater.

At a Glance

Research shows us that if we bought everything suggested in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" we'd get set back more than a hundred grand. Maids a-milking and lords a-leaping are expensive. But what is the true cost of Christmas?

Editors' Pick

For material based on the Isaiah text, see "Jesus -- The Lion and the Lamb," December 25, 1994, at

Pesents for the kids? Check. A few thoughtful gifts for your spouse. Check. A little something for your parents? Check. A gift card for your coworker? A bottle of wine for your boss? A second mortgage to pay for it all? Check, check and cheque.

Lots of cheques.

Yes, the shopping is done, the presents opened, the pageants finished, parties attended, and in the wake of it all two things are abundantly clear: Jesus has arrived, and his birthday breaks the bank. Christmas is costly. But look on the bright side. It could be much worse.

Each year, PNC Financial Services, one of the nation's largest banks, compiles what ...

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