Apologies for the delay on this post, but there were some technical difficulties that prevented it from posting on time. Everything is working now, though!
As I write this, “White Christmas” is playing in the background and I’m looking out the window watching the…rain fall. Yes, while much of my state has enjoyed a few inches of snow this week, we’ve been enduring rain. I wouldn’t mind it so much if not for the fact that rain is decidedly un-Christmasy. No one has ever written a Christmas carol about a cold, damp, soggy Christmas. If they did, it would probably be as popular as “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”
And thinking of those two songs, I have to admit, I love many secular Christmas carols. Who doesn’t love Bing Crosby crooning “White Christmas,” or Andy Williams reminding us that “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays”? But the fact remains that the most beautiful carols ever written are those that exalt and explain the greatest gift, Jesus Christ. Nothing can surpass the haunting tones of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” in beauty and no song can elicit true joy like “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
Christmas will be here in just one week, and I know many of you will turn off the carols on December 26. As for me, I plan to enjoy them for much longer! Whatever your preference, I hope you turn on your favorite Christmas playlist while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- The third Advent candle represents joy.
- I love Wisconsin. Wisconsin is in my blood. But I can’t get behind this tradition.
- If you didn’t watch the Dolly Parton Christmas special a couple weeks ago, I suggest you look it up On Demand. It was sweet.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- Wise words from Tim Challies in the midst of intense emotional pain.
- I didn’t know the White House had an “Advent calendar.” It’s interesting!
- I appreciate these thoughts on singleness, the value of singles, and the wonderful connection to one of my favorite movies, While You Were Sleeping.
- Michael Kruger debunks five Christmas misconceptions.
- What did Mary know?
- On the gift of the incarnation.
- Please make some of these and send them to me.
In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors!
When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”Luke 2:8-15 (CSB)