The Values of Christmas

Television, especially the commercials, makes me sick this time of year.  And not just now, but from Halloween on, when marketers nationwide begin the barrage of unrelenting crass consumeristic addiction-baiting, all in the name of Christmas.  The cultural values of image, power, prestige, greed, consumption, acquisition, ownership, luxury, glamor, gluttony […]

Come and Gone

Happy Boxing Day, everyone!  Christmas is OVER.  It used to be that Christmas Day heralded the beginning of the twelve days of Christmas — or, Christmastide, if you prefer — leading to the arrival of the magi for Epiphany.  At the very least, the eight days following Christmas held special […]

Which Jesus?

I wonder which Jesus we are hoping for this year?  Your initial reaction may be, “hold on, there’s just one Jesus!” to which I would reply “you haven’t been paying attention.”  Even in scripture we have no fewer than four accounts (canonical) as well as dozens (non-canonical) that offer us […]

Anticipation Advent-ure

For some, this post will make perfect sense.  To many others, it will border on sacrilege.   No offense is meant, but I offer a personal analogy for the spirit of anticipation that should be connected to Advent, but is often missing.  We are left with a sweet, clean, happy story […]

Christmas Nerds

Apparently I am a Christmas nerd.  I stopped for coffee at my favorite spot (Beans ‘n Cream in Sun Prairie) and some of the regulars were engaged in a spirited discussion about the Christmas holiday season.  Eavesdropping without looking obvious, I found it fascinating that almost no one (there were […]