Tag: advent

The Promise and the Light | Katy Morgan

We have heard the story year after year: the stable, the shepherds, the wise men, the star. It is easy to let that familiarity rub some of the wonder off Jesus’ birth story. But it […]

The Adventure of Christmas | Ed Drew

This week we had a big discussion about when exactly Advent begins, and I was certain that it started next weekend. I had looked at the schedule for Advent readings at our church—I knew what […]

Saint Nicholas the Giftgiver | Ned Bustard

To Santa, or not to Santa—that was the question. We were new parents raised with Santa-rich holidays, and that first Christmas with our first baby, that decision sat before us, ours to make. But how? […]

There’s a Lion in My Nativity! | Lizzie Laferton

When a young girl is picked to play Mary in her class’s Christmas play, she believes her big break has come! She is the star of the show. But as she tries to act out […]

Peace | Stephen J. Nichols

Our family is in a funny spot, reading-wise. On one end, we have our seventh grader, whose school reading list includes Plutarch and Shakespeare and who loves a good adventure—the more intense the better. On […]

“Behold the King” | Deeply Rooted

Writing about Christmas is one of my favorite ways to skim the emotional stuff off its surface and to remember that Christmas isn’t meant to be a season in which we all make everyone we […]

Happy Last Few Days of Advent!

This time of year, we usually have a pile of coats stationed by the front door—detritus from our scurryings in and out, to one event or another. And so this time of year is when […]

A Giant List of Christmas Favorites

I love gathering information into neat little piles. It sometimes surprises people to learn that as arty and right-brained as I am, I enjoy spreadsheets and lists and charts, but it’s true: I make sense […]

Christmas With Anne | L. M. Montgomery

If you could spend Christmas in any story, which would you choose? Would you squeeze into the Weasleys’ living room or celebrate Narnia’s first Christmas after the thaw? Would you join the Ingalls around the […]

Prepare Him Room | Marty Machowski

If I had the authority to bestow a title upon anyone, I’d dub Marty Machowski “The King of Devotionals.” We are reading or have read through several of his books, and each one looks closely […]