Advent & Christmas Writings

a messy first Christmas

Maybe it’s because I’m mama to a toddler this year, but one of my new favorite things is dwelling in the messiness of the first Christmas.

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How the Grinch Learned the Magnificat

A favorite at churches since I first tried it in 2013. At the bottom of the page you’ll find a script version for 4 readers!

All the Whos down in Whoville loved the Magnificat,
but the Grinch, still learning his lesson, did NOT.

How to Ruin the Christmas Pageant

A doodled exploration of the apparent contradictions in the Christmas stories — and some ideas on what to do with them.

O Come O Come Emmanuel (Alternative Lyrics)

Rejoice! rejoice! Take heart and do not fear; God’s chosen one, Emmanuel, draws near.

A Blue-Collar Kind of Guy

In the Christmas story, Mary gets top billing, and Advent is blue for her robe. But I think Advent could just as well be blue for Joseph. We dress him in browns, in most nativity scenes, but he’s a blue collar kind of guy, really.

The Other Women

An exploration of Mary’s consent in the Annunciation — and the women who had said “No” before her.

“Here am I, the servant of the Lord.” She did not nod, but the whole of the universe nodded with her. “Let it happen to me as you have said.”

A Holiday for the Suffering: Today’s Nativity

A collection of writings for Blue Christmas / Longest Night services, recognizing and centering the suffering not only in our world today but in the very first Christmas story.