The English have the 12 days of Christmas in song. The high churches have the 24 (ish) days of advent. Here at Crave Something More, I’ll be writing a series called the “21 Days of CSM Christmas.” Starting December 5 and finishing on Christmas Day, I will write once a day about all things Christmas, in the hopes that we will all continue to see Jesus as the greatest satisfaction to our soul’s deepest cravings.
Day 5: The Christmas Word Game
What words or images do you associate with the Christmas story? Let’s make a list (here’s mine, in order, off the top of my head):
Dark blue sky.
Angels in song.
Shepherd stick (staff, right, the crooked one?).
Dark streets in town.
Mary on a donkey (was she on a donkey?).
Mary in blue with a white sash.
Joseph in the dark (kinda obscured).
Baby Jesus (but just because I’ve felt guilty for not including Him so far).
So this is craziness. I suspect much of my Christmas imagery comes from some movie I’ve seen or a sprawling imagination. Some of these things aren’t in the Biblical accounts, and I’m not sure how the wreath made it into my mind. But I do find it telling that the words I associate with Christmas do not quickly bring up the one Word the whole story is about.
John tells us beautifully: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Question: What words do you think of when you imagine the Christmas story?
For the rest of the 21 Days of Crave Something More Christmas, go here.