I don't know about you, but this time of year makes me so glad in my heart! I told my husband the other day that I love all the Christmas songs, even the really terrible cheesy ones that are incredibly dumb. They still mean it's Christmastime, so I'll take it. ("Santa Baby", anyone?) Maybe I subscribe too much to the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" philosophy, and maybe you'll never read my blog again now that you know this about me (hahaha!), BUT before you go I do have a few meaty and wonderful resources that I use to enrich this season every year. I have recommended them before, but they may be new to some of my readers. I've got two books and an album for ya!
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, ed. Nancy Guthrie is a collection of sermons by well-known preachers, past and contemporary, on Christmas topics. I have read it every year for many years after asking our pastor in Cambridge for a recommendation for good Advent reading material. It is a gem and worth having in your collection. You can order it through Amazon.
The Christ of Christmas, by James Montgomery Boice is also excellent. Boice put together this book from Christmas sermons preached over more than a decade. He is a wonderful Bible scholar and a passionate lover of Jesus Christ. This is also available on Amazon.
And finally, some music for quiet time by the tree, in the car, or while you wash dishes: Andrew Peterson's Behold the Lamb of God. Friends, I cannot recommend this album enough. It is not a typical Christmas album, like those artist put together because every artist is supposed to have a Christmas album. Instead, Peterson tells the entire Biblical narrative in songs. It's good, people. SO. GOOD. If you do not have it, buy it now!
May the Lord enrich your Advent season with great wonder at what He has done, in the world and in your life. Amen!