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? had 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.
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 since I first shared them, she compiled them into one PDF document and placed them in her shop here. But I just learned that even that will only be available until Dec. 19, 2018. Some time in the future she might put them into a book. Titles of a few of them: A Sweet Christmas, Baking Up Christmas, Salvation’s Plan of Christmas, Worth Celebrating.
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? (note the link just goes to the top of the newsletter and you may have to scroll down to the article in question):
Christmas Is a Thing Too Wonderful
The Mother of the Lord
Crowned Because He Suffered
The Lord: Hidden, Weak, and Helpless
Do You Believe in Santa Claus?
Joy to the World
An Unusual Christmas Celebration
A Quieter Christmas
How Much Is Enough?
A Silver Star in a Cave
Christmas On a Bed of Pain
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.
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!