KAMB’s Christmas Festival of Music is more than just music. It’s music with a message, the Message of Joy to the World! Now through this Friday, KAMB’s music features a mix of your familiar Christmas carols and favorites from our regular playlist.
On Saturday morning, December 3, KAMB goes 100% Christmas music all the way through the day after Christmas!
Along with our festival of music, we’ll hear from listeners like you, sharing short audio bites of Christmas memories and holiday traditions between the songs.
To get in the fun of blessing others, call and leave your comment on a favorite Christmas memory, tradition, or song at 1-877-664-1015.
Be sure to include your first name and the city from which you’re calling. You may want to rehearse your comments before calling as they’ll need to be no more than a minute in length.
KAMB is honored to share this Christmas Festival of Music with you, and with those who’ve yet to experience the true Joy and Love of our Heavenly Father who gave His Son, Jesus. Christmas music is a great way to introduce someone to KAMB, and as the Spirit leads, to the Savior himself. We can help. Simply, call us at 209.723.1015 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for KAMB “business” cards or bumper stickers to share. It’s a great way to introduce your friends, family, and your community to the real reason for the season.
This year’s KAMB Christmas Festival of Music also includes the timeless classic from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The radio adaptation of this novella, first published in 1843, comes to you from Focus on the Family Radio Theatre and airs Friday night, December 23, at 7:00 pm.
It’s widely known that Dickens wrote the novella as a social commentary on his British homeland and the disheartening treatment of the poor, particularly among children in forced labor. He first conceived of this project not as a book, but as a pamphlet with the title, An Appeal to the People of England on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child.1 He rethought the project, and within six weeks penned the finished work.
You know Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, and Tiny Tim, but did you also know these interesting facts2:
- A Christmas Carol was just one of several Christmas-themed stories written by Charles Dickens. The novella’s full title is A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.
- A Christmas Carol was first published on December 19, 1843, with the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve. By 1844, the novella had gone through 13 printings and continues to be a robust seller more than 175 years later.
- Dickens had a lifelong devotion to helping the underserved due to his own family’s experiences with debtors’ prison, which forced him to drop out of school as a boy and work at a factory. As Dickens’ biographer Michael Slater described, the author thought of A Christmas Carol as a way to, “help open the hearts of the prosperous and powerful towards the poor and powerless….”
- Though it was a runaway best seller, Dickens was very fastidious about the endpapers and how the book was bound, and the price of materials took a big chunk out of his potential profits.
1 Broich, John. April 29, 2021. The Real Reason Charles Dickens Wrote A Christmas Carol. Time. Retrieved November 22, 2022 from https://time.com/4597964/history-charles-dickens-christmas-carol/.
2 Beete, Paulette. December 4, 2020. Ten Things to Know about Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved November 22, 2022 from https://www.arts.gov/stories/blog/2020/ten-things-know-about-charles-dickens-christmas-carol.
Congratulations! You made it to Giving Tuesday! Black Friday and Cyber Monday were all about getting those presents to give, celebrating sales and discounts to complete our shopping lists in time for Christmas Day. Giving Tuesday was created ten years ago as a global movement, encouraging people to donate to their favorite non-profit organizations.
KAMB is a registered and recognized non-profit organization; we count on listeners to financially care for this ministry. If we may, before you make a gift to KAMB or to any organization, you may want to pause and reflect for a moment on why you’re making your gift. Optimist and author, Simon Sinek said, “People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.” In other words, there’s a reason you give the gifts you do.
The Bible reminds us that our outward behavior reflects and projects what is in our hearts. Expressing our gratitude to others through giving our time, treasure, and talents come from a heart transformed by God to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. The Apostle John puts it this way: God “sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9).
As for Giving Tuesday, KAMB is immeasurably grateful for everyone who listens to our music and programming, prays for our team, and financially donates to ensure our budget needs are met. Thank you for giving your gift to KAMB to reach and bless thousands more with the hope and peace found only in Christ.