By The CNN Belief Blog Editors
(CNN) - As shoppers scour malls and web portals looking for the perfect last-minute Christmas gift, we humbly present a few ideas of faithy kitsch.
The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas can be traced back to the birth of Jesus, who Christians say is the son of God, believed to have taken on full humanity to save the world from sin.
The Christmas narrative found in the Gospel of Matthew tells the story of three wise men from the East, who followed a star to visit Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. When they found them, the men worshiped Jesus and presented gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
In lieu of such hard-to-find items, here are some wonderfully kitschy Christmas gifts:
The perfect gift for the budding tycoon who wants to start "In the Beginning." It's like Monopoly, but for church. Instead of going to jail, you go to meditate.
We've long held that this training video set to Christian praise music should be reissued on Blu-Ray. In the meantime, dust off that VHS player and find a vintage copy of this gem. Also available on DVD is PraiseMoves, which bills itself as the "Christian alternative to yoga."
It's a creative take on the biblical story of Jesus' birth. While there's no direct mention of Santa in the Bible, this kneeling Santa shows what's possible in the name of artistic license.
Jesus is my Coach – Soccer
If someone in your life loves soccer and Jesus, you should probably get this for them.
Bacon Candy Canes
Candy canes have been interpreted as "Js" for Jesus or as shepherd's staffs representing the "Good Shepherd," as Jesus is sometimes known. Now they can be all those things and bacon flavored, too.
It's the lone entrant on both the Belief Blog Hanukkah and Christmas kitsch lists, though the Hanukkah version brands toast with a star of David.
Jesus Adhesive Bandages
The New Testament is chock full of healing miracles. Here's your chance to at least do the healing part.
Happy Birthday Jesus coloring book
A good reminder for children that Christmas isn't your birthday, unless you were born on December 25.
1980s Christmas Sweater
Here's a gift for the aspiring hipster in your life. Sincerely and ironically wrap an old favorite and re-gift away.
The gifts shown above are really inspirational for Christmas eve. Me and my family celebrate this festival with Christopher Alan Designs Christmas Gift Baskets especially designed for Christmas. This gift shop gives you wonderful options for all the festivals you celebrate from birthday gifts to thanks giving gift baskets, from corporate gifts to valentine’s gifts. These gifts made my festivals worth celebrating and i enjoy every bit of it
God isn't angry. He's just embarassed.
Happy Birthday to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We love you Lord...
Thanks for sharing your idea with us...it's really a knowledgeable blog and i recommend this to my other friend also.
Online Cake Delivery
Worst Christmas, EVER!
WOW! a whole collection of games no kid on earth would want! just imagine the look of disappointment on kids' faces when they open these cr@p gifts. "but mom, i asked for an x-box". LOL!
I'm surprised that the monopoly game doesn't send you to h e l l instead of meditation.
Speaking of Christmas want to read the most epic Christmas Story to date? TMZ, Santa Cheating, Spongebob Christmas Special and Alan Thicke. Here is Part One http://www.thebuzzkillblog.com/2012/12/the-naughty-list-part-1.html and here is part two http://www.thebuzzkillblog.com/2012/12/the-naughty-list-part-2.html
Happy Holidays from Saturn and her rings:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121222.html (for full screen, simply click on the picture)
Where Earth's life lives: Famous map gets an update .
The evolution of US.
No _____ needed.
You need q Jesus dil.do for you butthole. One that vibrates really hard. Shake your sh.it loose ya na I mean!
I wish I'd known about the bacon candy canes a week ago!
"Monopoly for church, instead of going to jail you go to meditate"...LOL!!!! Hilarious!!
To be more realistic, they should have made the jail the confessional. (Unless, of course, you get sent there and hold a priest ID card, then you would just advance to another neighborhood.)
Busted! For being a boring babble game
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