Cranach’s Greatest Christmas Hits

This Christmas tide I offer you blogs from Christmas past. Just as TV goes into re-run mode with all of those Christmas specials that have become family traditions, so I will do with this blog, re-running Christmas posts that left an impression.

I start with two contrarian posts that left many readers indignant. Then I move to a series that makes the case that Christianity was NOT derived from a pagan holiday and that December 25 just might be the true date of Jesus’s birthday. Then I give some other Christmas treats, culminating in some quotes from Luther relating Christmas to the overarching theme of this blog, namely, vocation.

So put “Christ” back in Christmas. And put “Mass” back in Christmas. Also put “Holy” back in holiday. You can do all of these by going to church. (As my youngest daughter the deaconness intern explained to me, the Biblical reckoning considers sunset to be the end of the day, with the new day beginning that night. “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” So Christmas Eve is actually part of Christmas. So Christmas Eve services count for going to church on Christmas day–this would normally be fodder for a separate post, but let’s get to the reruns. . . )

Merry Christmas to all, and God bless us every one!

[HT to Cheryl Banks for making my archives more accessible.]

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    “Merry Christmas to all, and God bless us every one!”

    Indeed. All around the world, a blessed Christmas to you all.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    “Merry Christmas to all, and God bless us every one!”

    Indeed. All around the world, a blessed Christmas to you all.

  • kerner

    God rest you merry Gentlemen (and Ladies). Let nothing you dismay. Remember, Christ Our Savior was born on Christmas Day to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray.

    Tidings of comfort and joy.

  • kerner

    God rest you merry Gentlemen (and Ladies). Let nothing you dismay. Remember, Christ Our Savior was born on Christmas Day to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray.

    Tidings of comfort and joy.

  • http://www.crazystable.squarespace.com Brenda from Flatbush

    My thanks for the gift of ‘The Wise Men’ by G.K. Chesterton, which I discovered on this blog–had never run across it in all my years as a GKC buff! Used it as my Christmas card text this year and my Christmas blog post today…and look forward to exploring your blog when yuletide madness subsides. All I know about Lutherans is what Garrison Keillor says about them on ‘Prairie Home Companion,’ which is probably like someone getting all their impressions of Catholics from, um, Phil Donohue or something. Merry Christmas!

  • http://www.crazystable.squarespace.com Brenda from Flatbush

    My thanks for the gift of ‘The Wise Men’ by G.K. Chesterton, which I discovered on this blog–had never run across it in all my years as a GKC buff! Used it as my Christmas card text this year and my Christmas blog post today…and look forward to exploring your blog when yuletide madness subsides. All I know about Lutherans is what Garrison Keillor says about them on ‘Prairie Home Companion,’ which is probably like someone getting all their impressions of Catholics from, um, Phil Donohue or something. Merry Christmas!

  • http://maplemountain.blogspot.com/ samuel

    All terrific articles. Thank you for posting them again.

  • http://maplemountain.blogspot.com/ samuel

    All terrific articles. Thank you for posting them again.


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