Things tagged Christmas


  1. John Herreid

    Giving Nothing for Christmas

    December 18, 2015 5:28 pm 7 Comments

    Fiction is full of stories of those who, having nothing themselves, give the smallest thing as gifts, only to have it shown that their gift was actually a thing of great value. These stories draw upon various sources, one being the Gospel passage where Jesus draws the attention of his… Read more »

    Tags: Advent Christmas Mother Teresa spirituality

  2. Ignatius Press Novels

    The Shop of Ghosts

    December 15, 2015 6:33 pm 1 Comment

    Nearly all the best and most precious things in the universe you can get for a halfpenny. I make an exception, of course, of the sun, the moon, the earth, people, stars, thunderstorms, and such trifles. You can get them for nothing. Also I make an exception of another thing,… Read more »

    Tags: Charles Dickens Christmas G.K. Chesterton short story

  3. Our War on Christmas (and How to Lose It)

    December 31, 2014 5:25 pm 1 Comment

    On this seventh day of Christmas, with the stress of holiday visits fading and the new year hard ahead, I’d like to look at the recent metaphor, widely used, of a war on Christmas. It’s an idea touted in one venue and mocked in another. The idea is that overdeveloped… Read more »

    Tags: Charles Dickens Christmas culture G.K. Chesterton John Henry Newman scrooge

  4. John Herreid

    The Darkness of Christmas

    December 16, 2014 12:18 pm 7 Comments

    As a child my family had the usual comforting Christmas rituals: watching It’s a Wonderful Life, listening to Handel’s Messiah, decorating the tree, baking cookies, wrapping presents.  The licorice smell of anise-flavored springerle cookies, the taste of gingerbread, the sound of the voices as they announce the coming of the… Read more »

    Tags: Christmas J.R.R. Tolkien sorrow