My Christmas daybook for these 12 days of celebrating. We'll be spending Christmastide with some favorite short films and video clips. Join me, won't you?
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I realize I may be the only blogger in the Western world still creating posts about Christmas. So be it. It’s my own version of resistance and I’m taking a kind of stubborn pride in not giving up until we’ve celebrated all 12 days here at A Sacramental Life. God, forgive me for my pride, but sustain anything holy in my resistance. Are you still with me?
Today: nine (+) of my all-time favorite musical moments in the Christmas movies we watch year after year. Have you ever considered Christmas carols as their own form of resistance to the what Walter Brueggemann would call, the empire? This is why I could never completely withhold from singing Christmas carols during Advent. The world is subconsciously (or otherwise) bowing the knee to King Jesus with every verse of “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” or “Joy to the World” streaming through mall intercoms hither and yon. Not all of my favorite Christmas movie carols can be found in a hymnbook, but hidden even in the humanistic poetry of White Christmas there’s a holy longing for peace, justice, and beauty.
That’s why I’m still listening to Christmas carols and watching Christmas movies on January 2nd. Who’s with me?
Ding, Dong, Merrily On High & Deck the Halls - Little Women
Christmas Time Is Here - Charlie Brown Christmas
Snow - White Christmas
One More Sleep Til Christmas - Muppets Christmas Carol
The Spirit of Christmas (Ray Charles) - National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
White Christmas (The Drifters) - Home Alone
White Christmas - White Christmas
Hark the Herald Angels Sing & Auld Lany Syne - It’s A Wonderful Life
Silent Night & Adeste Fidelis- Joyeux Noel
Pray this poem/prayer for the beginning of a New Year:
Write thank-you cards or New Year’s greetings
[from my 2013 post: “12 Ways to Savor the 12 Days of Christmas”]
“When I was growing up my mother always sent her annual family newsletter at New Year's. Makes sense, right? Some years I set up a card-writing station on our dining table so that throughout the week we all take turns writing thank you-cards.”
Here’s some excellent encouragement from Rachel Marie Stone, via Englewood Review of Books: Write A Better Year End Letter. If you’d rather just have a good laugh about not sending any cards, read Simcha Fisher’s How To Write An Honest Christmas Letter.
(See all Christmas Daybook posts from 2017 here.)