In celebration of Christmas, we wanted to gather some of our favorite Christmas posts from years past for your enjoyment. We’ve included a few of sentences from each post:
- “Keeping Holiday”, a Q&A with Starr Meade — Crossway recently interviewed Starr Meade, the author of the children’s book Keeping Holiday, about literature, her new book, and more. Here’s what she had to say.
- Glory to God in the Highest by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. (from Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus) — Isn’t it interesting how in Christmas cards and on public displays we often see the words, “Peace on earth, good will toward men”? But how seldom we see the prior words, “Glory to God in the highest”! But there is no peace, there is no good will, unless there is glory to God in the highest first.
- The Great Reversal by Tullian Tchividjian — When I’m asked to describe the true meaning of Christmas, I like to say that the birth of Christ is the sure and certain sign that “God is on the move.” The arrival of Jesus two-thousand years ago ensured that God had begun the process of reversing the curse of sin and recreating all things. In Jesus, God was moving in a new way and, in the words of C.S. Lewis, “winter began stirring backwards.”
- “God Becomes Man”…What? by Eyse Fitzpatrick — Okay, hold on just one moment. I know we’re all busy and that this time of year creates all sorts of added responsibilities and distractions, but what is that title again? “God Becomes Man”?…Um…What? Really?
- When the Gospel Transforms Your Christmas Expectations by Stephen Altrogge — I have certain expectations when it comes to Christmas. I expect to drink egg nog, even though I don’t really like it. I expect to listen to hours upon hours of Christmas carols. I expect to watch the movie Elf. I expect to drive around with my family and look at Christmas lights. And I expect to get some gifts. Twenty-eight years of Christmas experience has taught me what to expect. But how would I feel if some of my expectations weren’t met?
- The Incarnation: How Did People Know God Was Coming? by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears (from Doctrine) — Because God is sovereign over the future, he alone is capable of giving prophetic insight into the future. In great mercy he did this for his people in the Old Testament. He detailed for them who was coming to save them, how he would come, where he would come, when he would come, and why he would come, so that they would anticipate the incarnation and salvation of Jesus Christ.
- Jesus of Nazareth vs. Caesar Augustus by Trevin Wax (from Holy Subversion) — Consider Jesus of Nazareth alongside Caesar Augustus. At the time of Christ’s birth, Caesar had issued a call to the Roman world that everyone be counted and properly taxed. As he enjoyed luxurious accommodations in his Roman palace, he hoped to demonstrate his own greatness before a watching world by publicizing the great number of people under his domain. And yet in an unnoticed corner of Caesar’s kingdom, in a simple stable, sleeping in a feeding trough, the Son of God had come to show the glory of his Father.
- Where Did “Lefse” Come From? A Scandinavian Christmas Story from Larry Woiwode [Video] — Author Larry Woiwode recalls childhood memories of his Norwegian grandmother making lefse on the stove in Minnesota when they went there to celebrate Christmas. He asked his family and others where lefse actually originated, but nobody seemed to have an answer . . . Woiwode brings us his first Christmas story, The Invention of Lefse.
- Calvin and Claus by Christin Ditchfield — One of my favorite comic strips is Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson, following the adventures of a bright but mischievous six year-old boy named Calvin and his stuffed tiger, a.k.a. imaginary friend Hobbes. (Both named for – of all things – famous theologians!) Every Christmas, poor Calvin is a tortured soul, torn between his desire to be “good” so that Santa will bring him lots of presents – and the (at least for a little boy) overwhelming temptation to smack the little girl next door with a perfectly formed snowball. Often the strip shows Calvin weighing the pros and cons – the “pleasure of sin for a short time” against the possibility of future but unknown rewards.
“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’”
— Luke 2:10-14 (ESV)