In Defense of a Santa-y Christmas

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There’s been a lot of talk about Santa and Christmas here at What She Said, and I want to chime in with a semi-outsider’s point of view.  Confession: when I see Christians discussing how to interact with culture and raise children in the midst of it, I often find myself saying, “Thank You God for not making me a Christian until I grew up!” Because even now, as a believer, it seems to me that Christian Culture takes strange stands against things God just might be using, robbing life of joy and mak … [Read more...]

Between Scarcity and Excess

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I wore a scratchy red and black plaid dress, uncomfortable white nylon tights and stiff black patent Mary Janes, but my discomfort was no match for my jittery anticipation.  I was six years old, and my family was headed to my father’s company Christmas party.  There was probably music, food, desserts and games, but what I remember most is the brilliantly ornamented tree and the gifts sitting under its branches.  Late in the evening, way too late by my account, the adults called us to the tree in … [Read more...]

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

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Twenty Sunday school students sit in rapt attention as I roll out the Advent story.  The script, the candles, the materials - they draw us in. As we get ready to hear the story of the Holy Family, the story for the second week of Advent, I say: The church learned long ago that it takes time to enter a mystery like Christmas.  They gave us four weeks to get ready.  During that time, we are all on a journey.  A journey that was not just back then.  It's now too. Sometimes it's hard to enter a mys … [Read more...]


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