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Blue Christmas

Tips for Dealing with Holiday Sadness Though the December holiday season inspires feelings of warmth, belonging, connection and joy for many people, there are others for whom the month is one of increased stress, sadness, anxiety, loneliness and depression. Their experience is called a ‘blue’ Christmas, something described by the Urban Dictionary this way: “It […]

A Christmas Letter

Two thousand years ago, a special baby was born far away in a town called Bethlehem. The baby’s name was Jesus. His parents were travelling at the time of his arrival, and the only shelter for them was a place where animals were kept. I guess it was like a barn. Anyway, he was born […]

The message of Christmas

Like the shepherds who first went with haste to the stable, let us halt in wonder before the sign that God has given us: “A baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12). In silence, let us fall to our knees and worship. What does that Child, born for us of […]

The Hope and Promise of Christmas

The sad list of what’s wrong with our world goes on and on. Christmas does not change the fact that many people live in desperate poverty. Children die of malnutrition and the gap between the rich and poor grows by the minute. Men and women are motivated to kill one another in the name of […]

The Light of the World

In ancient times, many people regarded the sun as the most important god. The sun gave the world warmth and light. Fires were lit during winter to boost the weakening strength of the sun. Sol, the sun-god, was the principal deity of the Roman Empire, and 25 December, by which day the sun had begun […]

Tidying up for Christmas

There’s nothing like the prospect of visitors to get me to tidy the house. Inertia is replaced by action and the house is sparkling before I know where I am. Christmas also spurs me into action. This year, December 25 is on a Tuesday, and my preparations began a year ago on the previous Boxing […]

Recognising the Child Jesus in the faces of little children

In Bethlehem, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God our Father, who so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). We […]

A Christmas Story … Emmanuel — God-With-Us

In 1994 in Moscow two missionaries told the story of Christmas to a group of children in an orphanage. They had been abused and abandoned, and they had never before heard the story that we have just heard again in our readings. The children were entranced, some of them sitting on the edges of their […]

No Room at the Inn

The children were talking in class about the birth of Jesus. What did the angels look like? How many animals were in the stable? The only negative character in the story was the landlord of the inn. “He was mean!” a boy said. Really? I wondered why the world’s most beautiful story had to have […]

Christmas: a Time of Joy and of Loss

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven. A time for embracing and a time to refrain from embracing. A time for losing and for keeping, a time for letting go. There is a season for everything. Ecclesiastes 3 It is November, and the stores are already in full swing for […]