Category Archives: Christmas

The Story of “O Come O Come Emmanuel.” By Dr. Jeff Sanders

I have loved singing this song at Christmas time.  The tune is slow and majestic and “haunting” and thrilling.  The theology of the words is impeccable.  The song is ancient. . . . and the author is unknown.  We have … Continue reading

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The Real Reason Charles Dickens Wrote A Christmas Carol By John Broich

After a particularly bleak year, millions in the English-speaking world and beyond will seek some comfort by watching a converted miser in a nightshirt, skipping about as light as a feather. “Whoop! Hallo! …What’s to-day my fine fellow?” Published 173 … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Carol: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing!” by Tyler Scarlett |

Here’s a few, little-known facts about Christmas Did you know that Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870?   In fact, Congress actually met in session on December 25, 1789, the first Christmas under … Continue reading

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Jesus Isn’t Threatened by Your Christmas Gifts By Tim Challies

  Christmas is fast approaching and, not surprisingly, my kids are looking forward to seeing what’s under the tree. The girls, at least, are still young enough that they are waiting with bated breath to learn what treasures they’ll be … Continue reading

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The History Behind “Silent Night” By Ryne Reeves

This year, my home has been warmed by the sound of my 8-year-old practicing the piano. Her first recital is tomorrow, and the song she will perform is Silent Night. As it turns out, the man who wrote the words for Silent Night was … Continue reading

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The Christmas Hymn G. K. Chesterton’s Wife Gave Us By Trevin Wax

In 1917, near the end of first world war, G. K. Chesterton’s wife, Frances, wrote the song “How Far Is It to Bethlehem?” It was published in the 1928 Oxford Book of Carols. Her biographer, Nancy Carpentier Brown, explains the significance … Continue reading

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Who Was St. Nicholas? By Kevin DeYoung

The unsatisfying answer to the title of this post is that nobody knows for sure. To quote one Nicholas scholar, “We can grant a bishop of that name who had a great impact on his homeland. We can also accept … Continue reading

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