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Jesus is Your “White Christmas”

This post comes to us from Jim Moore: We had a wonderful Christmas morning at our house. My stepson made a delicious breakfast, and everyone got lovely gifts. But this year was unique because we had heavy snow flurries until late Christmas night. It was beautiful, and none of us could remember when we last […]

Simply Having a Mockingbird Christmas Time

To help you celebrate (and/or survive!) this Christmas season, here are some of the Christmas-themed highlights from past years on the site. Lots of Santa Claus content over the years, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that the man who “knows if you’ve been bad or good” isn’t exactly our favorite. The creepy Elf on […]

Home Is Where the Hurt Is

The holiday season means many things, all of them swirling together into an unstable compound of images and memories that makes me wistful and sad and ebullient in confusing, overlapping intervals.  For me, the approach of winter always brings to mind the collision of happy Christmases from my childhood (in which I was no doubt […]

Another Week Ends: A Darth Vader Nativity, Holiday Blues, Christmas Hope, the Star of the Magi, & the Parable of a Dirty Sock

1. Every year, the Vatican erects a different nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square. They’re kind of a big deal. Past displays have been politically themed, while others were more traditionally beautiful. But the chosen scene this year is causing quite the stir. Including a fire extinguisher, ring-wraith figurine, and an astronaut helmet, the New […]

The Gift of a Terrible Christmas

Our worst Christmas vacation started, of course, with a cancelled flight three days before the actual holiday. At the time, we lived in Geneva, Switzerland, and we had mentally and emotionally prepared for an eight-hour direct flight to DC with three children, ages 7, 4, and 2. We had not mentally or emotionally prepared for […]

The Only Gift That God Receives

After the opening song to the 1954 musical White Christmas, two entertainers-turned-soldiers, Captain Bob Wallace and Private Phil Davis, run for cover from enemy bombers. After Davis shields Wallace from a collapsing wall and is wounded, Wallace asks how he can repay Davis for saving his life. From that point on, Davis freely cashes in […]

Tech Support and the Incarnation

This post comes to us from Grace Leuenberger: On Sunday night, the nightmare I was hoping to avoid came true: I broke the Internet. No, I don’t mean like THAT (Kim Kardashian-style); my breaking of the Internet came in the form of crashing a client’s website. (Meghann, if you’re reading this: everything is fine!) I […]

A Letter Santa Rarely Receives

For a recent homeschool assignment, I asked my kids to write a letter to Santa. I figured this was a win-win: They get to ask for presents, and I get them to practice their writing in the process. Well, I didn’t specifically say that the assignment was to write a letter to Santa to tell […]

The God Who Makes George Bailey’s Life So Wonderful

Christmas movies have an incredible ability to channel nostalgia. The connection to one’s childhood helps explain why many of us feel so closely connected to our personal favorites. If these movies don’t represent us, they at least represent who we want to be or who we used to be, someone usually in the form of […]

A Primer for Staying Married at Christmas 

Christmas is, as we say in our household, the season of BIG FEELINGS. Expect all of them from your spouse. And from yourself. Without judgement. The other night I realized our daughter called thermometers “mothers,” and I could not find a suitable amount of Kleenex. My husband looked perplexed and said, “Are you sure that […]

“First Coming,” by Madeleine L’Engle

From The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L’Engle:

He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine.

He did not wait till hearts were pure.
In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.

He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

From Mary’s Womb

My son was being showered with attention and shouts of “Happy Birthday!” when another mom leaned over to me and quietly said, “Happy Giving-Birth-Day to you!” And I thought, “Yeah! Why is he getting all of the attention? I’m the one who went through childbirth!” Soon of course that attitude passed, and I continued celebrating […]