Aaron will be writing a collection of festive reflections, the first of which has already been posted, entitled "Children and Christmas". Give it a read and look out for more.
We'll no doubt be publishing other merry bits & pieces as the doors on our advent calendars are opened - but make sure you don't forget last year's offerings:
- The Origin of Christmas and the Sneaky Jesus Bomb - all about the season's messy history, not just for the Christian but also those who think it's all just 'obviously' pagan. Spoiler: it's not.
- Advent's Joyful Groan - reflecting on the run up to Christmas itself, using the carol 'O Come O Come Emmanuel' to talk about what it means to wait, even when it's painful. Perhaps especially when it's painful.
- Larry Hurtado On The Historical Origins Of The 'Incarnation' - an entry in the Lost & Sound/Bites series, a short snippet from Hurtado's "How On Earth Did Jesus Become A God"? Well worth your attention, given the reason for the season...
- An Invasion Called Christmas - talking of the 'reason for the season', here's why Christmas actually happened. Well, actually, we describe twelve reasons for the season. Such is its beauty. The spiritual 'prequel' to an Easter post of a similar nature.
- A Christmas Day Poem - a short video, presenting GA Studdert-Kennedy's poem, "If Jesus Never Lived". A celebration of that Christmas magic in its truest and deepest form.
- The Beauty - a longer video, made by Aaron and Nathan several years ago for a Christmas service. "The Beauty" examines the tension intrinsic to our Christmas celebrations: childlike wonder on the one hand, and suffering or pain on the other. If you enjoy watching it, perhaps you'll also like its accompanying 'theological commentary'.
Blimey that's a lot of stuff. You'll be jingled out by the end.
I'll get the Christmas jumpers.