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Putting the Santa Back in Christmas (Movies)

We walk in the door on a random Friday in December. Its 5pm. I’m wondering what promising yet disappointing frozen Trader Joe’s entrée I can provide for my children. In T-45 minutes there will be a Christmas Happy (?) Hour at my house for a church board. St. Mountain of Laundry sits on my dining […]

There’s No Santa Claus, Charlotte, but #GodisGood- andYouCanTrustHim

In my 31 years of life, I’ve had two run-ins with the real Santa Claus. I know what you’re thinking: “Aha, she’s going somewhere funny with this. She didn’t really see Santa Claus!” WELL I DID! And I didn’t just “see” him. I saw him twice. Santa Sighting #1 It’s Christmas Eve and I’m a […]

The Gift That Never Stops Giving

A seasonally appropriate excerpt from Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints): There is no more subversive song than “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” But it’s not subversive for the reasons that religious people usually take issue with Santa, when they lament the commercialization and ‘secularization’ disguised in the detour from Bethlehem […]

A Couple of Calvin and Hobbes (for Advent)



Another Week Ends: Exotic Magi, Histories of Christmas, More Elves on Shelves, Rand Reviews Children’s Movies, and More Messes of Help

Housekeeping thing: a few copies of A Mess of Help sent out had lots of 5s in their tables of contents. Let us know if you got one of those, and we’ll send a new one. 1. As we’re getting into the Christmas spirit, The Economist makes a surprising contribution with a survey of the Magi’s reception history. […]

A Quick Calvin and Hobbes


As good a time as any to link to my (second) favorite Xmas-related C&H strip of all time, “Calvin Dreams of a Gracious Santa”. Those who received our year-end appeal/newsletter will be familiar with number one.

A Quick Calvin and Hobbes (for Advent)

Annie’s Regression and the Rhetoric of Progress (in Church and Elsewhere)

My dog is a lithe, energetic, twenty-five pound beagle that walks with a graceful trot, chases squirrels, and loves belly rubs. But she was not always so fearless. She is a pack dog, mistreated by some heartless Virginia hunter, housed in a pen with a concrete floor for her first three years, tossed meager scraps […]

Santa Claus Argues With Death – E.E. Cummings

From the legendary poet’s Santa Claus: A Morality (1946):

But surely nothing could be simpler
than taking something which is freely offered.

You’re speaking of a true or actual world.
Imagine, if you can, a world so blurred
that its inhabitants are one another
— an idiotic monster of negation:
so timid, it would rather starve itself
eternally than run the risk of choking;
so greedy, nothing satisfies its hunger
but always huger quantities of nothing —
a world so lazy that it cannot dream;
so blind, it worships its own ugliness:
a world so false, so trivial, so unso,
phantoms are solid by comparison.

Christ Was Never In Christmas

A timely reflection from Mbird friend Russ Masterson:  The tug is relentless this time of year – look at things, buy things, think about things. In December materialism is like breathing, at least it is for me. In the Christmas season we tend to overshop and overeat – an admittedly weird way to celebrate the […]

James Brown: Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)