Tag Archives: Christmas

What Would Jesus Think of Christmas?

A poem arguing that Christmas has strayed from Christ’s mature message.

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Ring Out Ye Chrystal Spheres

Milton’s “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity” celebrates Christmas with the ornate trumpet-and-organ imagery of the 17th century.

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Feeding Birds in the Bleak Midwinter

Tuesday – Christmas Eve Over the past few cold and rainy days, chickadees, goldfinches, titmice, and nuthatches have been swarming out feeders, bringing to mind one of my father’s Christmas poems. I first posted it nine years ago. I excerpt a portion of previous post, only adding that (this in response to the allusion to […]

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The Tradition of the Yule-Log

Christmas symbolism, including the yule-log, comes from many different faith traditions. This helps explain its power.

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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Nativity

This playful Scott Bates environmental poem looks at the nativity story and observes that we are in desperate need of a repetition.

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Now the Work of Christmas Begins

Thursday My brother Sam alerted me to this timely poem by Howard Thurman, a civil rights activist and African American Quaker. I love the way it moves from the public to the private in the final line, turning from good works to inner peace. The Work of Christmas When the song of the angels is […]

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The Lord of Life Be Born in Earth

Christmas Let Henry Vaughan’s Christmas poem usher you into this holy day. Vaughan is one of Britain’s great nature poets—he had a profound influence on Wordsworth—and this poem features his characteristic nature imagery. When Vaughan is obsessed with sin, he compares God’s grace to the sun (which “doth shakes light from his locks”) and his […]

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Love Was with Me in the Night

May Sarton’s imagines love without weight in her poem “Christmas Light.”

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Joy of Life Revealed in Love’s Creation

In Auden’s “Christmas Oratorio,” the shepherds stand in for the working class, who find love and personhood in the birth of Jesus.

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