Huff Post: Alan Jones.
I wonder if there’s anyway to recapture just how weird and peculiar Christmas is? We’re so used to it. The religious observers take it for granted and the Winter Solstice crowd keep dreaming of a White one. Christmas trees are everywhere and Christmas carols are heard in our malls and stores, even in early November.
…. This mixed-up world challenges us to get in touch with the oddness of Christianity — its weirdness, its frightening yet wondrous inclusion, its proclamation that everyone matters in the sight of God and is the very image of God. It’s shocking. Christians have often failed and failed miserably to live into this mystery — and we continue to fail. But it’s a mystery, nevertheless, that should and could appeal to all people of good will.