Apart from preparing a year-end wrap-up, I’ll be taking off the rest of 2015. In place of my usual That Was The Week That Was post, today and tomorrow I’ll share several links via the Pietist Schoolman Facebook page.
Meanwhile, if you’re a newer visitor to this blog, you’ll find plenty of Christmas-y reading material in our archive. For example:
“The story of the Christmas Truce, and the place of soccer within it, is unlikely to be fully recovered, despite our best efforts.”
“…I remember so clearly the feelings of terror and responsibility, that two lives so fragile were entrusted to my care. And the feelings of peace and love, as I grew into the joy of that calling.
“Twisted by advertisers and marketers into a celebration of consumption rather than the worshipful act of the Magi, gift-giving is probably more likely to promote selfish materialism than unselfish generosity. But I’ll take the risk of the former for the chance at the latter. As recipients of an undeserved gift more lavish than our imaginings, stuffing stocking and overpaying to send stuff halfway cross the country is a feeble imitation of what God has done for us in sending his Son, but it is a way to live, if only for that moment when the recipient’s face lights up in delight, as people of grace.”
“Not just ‘the Christmas story,’ or even ‘Nativity’ — this is Incarnation: the Word made flesh and beginning his dwelling among us (John 1:14).”
“Father Christmas (or ‘Ruprecht’), yes. The Prince of Peace, no. And while the Virgin Mary is absent, Christmas is equated with ‘Holy Mother’s Night,’ a time when ‘the shining eyes of her children are a mother’s best thanks for all the work and love she has put into preparing for the holiday.'”
“‘Why lies he in such mean estate?’, asks another, more thoughtful carol. Why should the Son of God have had to endure the squalor of his birthplace and the relative poverty of his upbringing? Why did the King of Kings have to endure the limitations of childhood and adolescence, dependent on others for nourishment, shelter, security, and care?”