“The Triumph of the Innocents” reframes the story. Ultimately, Herod lost.
On the first day of Christmas, the Lord God said to me, “I have sent Jesus to save thee!”
Yes, we’re still in Advent. But January is coming – and with it always comes a chance to begin again.
Jesus doesn’t scold or question Thomas; instead, he offers Thomas exactly what he needs.
This will be the first Christmas in my life I did not spend with my daughter.
One Advent, completely by accident, Christmas carols became part of the bedtime routine. And we were glad.
We do not keep elves on any of our shelves to send behavior reports to the North Pole. Christ came for us while we were yet on the naughty list.
The key to expanding our traditions and journeying joyfully into the church year is three fold – flexibility, simplicity and repeatability.
“Do you really believe Jesus is the Son of God?” the teen asked. “I do,” I said, “and I don’t need anyone else to agree with me.”
Maybe because I wasn’t raised in the church, I’ve spent half my life trying to figure out how to observe Advent and Christmas.