As I did for Thanksgiving, I want to take the next few weeks leading up to Christmas and post several things — anecdotes, quotes, jokes, poems, prose, etc. — related to the holidays. I have been writing and compiling what started out as a newsletter but ended up as a 12-16 page booklet for our ladies’ group at church for six years now. I love it: I think it is my favorite ministry. Usually some part of it touches on the holiday or season at hand, so I have collected a lot of things in my files over the years that I would like to share with you.
Should Christians Abandon Christmas? Sinclair Ferguson makes some great points.
The highest priority in Christmas reading, of course, is the Bible itself. Here are a few Advent Reading Plans.
I’ve already posted one of my favorites, a Christmas-based I Cor. 13. I think I need to read that at least once a week in December. Today I want to list some excellent Christmas devotional reading.
Elisabeth Elliot is one of my favorite people for many reasons. I received her newsletters for many years and hated to see them discontinued. Some of the Christmas-related thoughts from those newsletters stood out to me: Are Christmas Trees Okay? (Update 11/5/2020: The Elisabeth Elliot.org site has undergone a complete overhaul. These no longer link directly to the newsletter, but the newsletter can be downloaded from the site).
Christmas Is a Thing Too Wonderful
The Mother of the Lord
Christmas on a Bed of Pain
Crowned Because He Suffered
The Lord: Hidden, Weak, and Helpless
Do You Believe in Santa Claus? (second page)
The Nativity (second page)
Joy to the World
An Unusual Christmas Celebration
A Quieter Christmas (second page)
How Much Is Enough?
A Silver Star in a Cave (second page)
Little Mary (scroll down)
I had a whole list of Julia’s Bettencourt‘s Christmas devotionals, and I apologize for those who found the links no longer working. She used to have them on her website, but she has cut down on her site content. Often around certain holidays, she’ll repost some of her previous themed posts or add new ones.You might check there in the weeks before a holiday. (Update: for now Julia has her Christmas resources listed here.)
The holidays can compound grief for those who have lost loved ones during the year. The Most Difficult Time of the Year: How to Love Grieving Parents at Christmas had much good to say. I wrote about my own Christmas Grief due to the loss of both parents, my grandmother, and a friend during different Decembers.
This post is about not forgetting older loved ones, but it has some gift ideas for the elderly: Remembering the loved one who has forgotten you.
Here are a few of my own Christmas posts:
And just for fun:
If you’re looking for book-length Christmas devotional reading, some that I have enjoyed are:
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus:Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas, compiled by Nancy Guthrie
From Heaven: A 28-Day Advent Devotional by A. W. Tozer
Gospel Meditations for Christmas by Chris Anderson and Joe Tyrpak, and Michael Barrett
Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: Daily Family Devotions for Advent by Nancy Guthrie
Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation by Joel R. Beeke
Happy reading and meditating!