BY Trent Gilliss December 25, 2015

On this Christmas day, read Dr. King's final Christmas sermon from 1967 — a prescient reminder of our interconnected world in 2015, with neighbors living halfway around the world and in our backyard today.

BY Trent Gilliss December 24, 2015

Listen to this enchanting rendition of a holiday classic, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, read by celebrated writer Neil Gaiman in the way Dickens intended.

BY Omid Safi December 24, 2015

Christians and Muslims are celebrating the births of Muhammad and Jesus on back-to-back days. Omid Safi reflects on these beautiful adjacencies and what the unity of these two traditions can teach us about opening our hearts, minds, and homes to those seeking physical or spiritual refuge.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 23, 2015

Remembering a passage from the Christmas services of his childhood, Parker Palmer finds counsel for living an honest and genuine life. We must, he says, allow the good words we speak to become incarnate in our actions.

BY Trent Gilliss December 22, 2015

With 2015 drawing to a close, our Letter from Loring Park features stirring essays and homespun music focusing on the true importance of Advent, the celebration of Rumi, and reimagining the icons and traditions of our popular culture.

BY Marie Sambilay December 21, 2015

As these days of anticipation of Christmas draw closer, a creative reimagining of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by Bipolar Explorer for your listening pleasure.

BY Cody Maynus December 21, 2015

Advent is not a season for the triumphant, but the broken. An oblate-in-training on celebrating the sacred season walking and worshiping in silence with Benedictine nuns.

BY Rachel Faith December 20, 2015

The ritual of lighting luminaria on Christmas Eve in New Mexico inspires this reflection on grief and waiting for the light.

BY Marguerite Theophil December 20, 2015

Through the eyes of a young Iranian refugee in Mumbai, an Indian philosopher and educator reconnects the Christmas story to the spirit of Advent.

BY Annie Parsons December 07, 2015

A song reinvents a classic children's hymn, and invites reflection on the intertwined natures of joy and melancholy.

BY Mariah Helgeson November 29, 2015

As we enter the contemplative season of waiting, an invitation to join us in reflecting on the myriad experiences of Advent.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 24, 2014

The Buddhist concept of the "beginner's mind" may offer a way to understand the simple meanings of the Christmas story — and "how can we love one another in ways that midwife their incarnation."

BY Trent Gilliss December 22, 2014

In a season filled with joy and angst, reflections on rethinking tradition, being a light for others, and wading through the giving conundrum. Plus, a map that will suck you in for hours, a reflection on the courage to hope in the face of despair, and a call to embrace others' truths over being right.

BY Krista Tippett December 20, 2014

Our host Krista Tippett on not playing the Christmas game of obligatory gift-giving and the redemptive human need for one another.

BY Trent Gilliss December 10, 2014

Just when you think the holiday season couldn't get any merrier, a Star Trek captain remakes a Christmas classic.

BY Debra Dean Murphy December 25, 2013

How do Christians find their place within the Christmas story? A religious scholar reflects on the necessary, urgent correspondence between two traditional Christmas narratives.

BY Monisha Bajaj December 23, 2013

How does a child of Indian immigrants — and a new mother — who isn't Christian celebrate the Christmas season in the U.S.? By taking it in and making it her own tradition.

BY Jay Blossom December 14, 2013

The season of Advent is not only a time of preparation, but one of sorrow and mourning. It's a time for reflection + remembrance of those loved ones we lost. Jay Blossom reflects on letting go of his father — and the necessity of finding the time to lament and hope for a better world ahead.

BY December 23, 2012

Pádraig Ó Tuama on the inaccuracy of the Christmas story, as commonly told, for we might miss the more important message within.

BY December 21, 2012

This week's been one of those surprising times when so many people identified with Krista's Scrooge-like outlook on Christmas but add to the discussion by contributing to community.

BY December 18, 2012

Krista Tippett on not playing the Christmas game of obligatory gift-giving and the redemptive human need for one another.

BY December 16, 2012

By turning away from wanting things to valuing people, we can celebrate the holiday season through the eyes of a "beloved community" and ask what kind of community we can create together.

BY November 28, 2012

With so many Christmas carols that bridge the chasm of time and space, it's a classic Spiritual that brings a "delightful burst of Christmas cheer." Listen to this rendition from Margaret Becker and Jennifer Knapp.

BY January 06, 2012

Iraqi Christian Girls Sing in AmmanIraqi Christian girls attend Christmas Mass at Chaldean Catholic Church in Amman, Jordan on December 25, 2011. (photo: Ali Jarekji/Reuters)

In the lands between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, the first of three Christmas celebrations was on December 24, the Christmas of the English, or so we thought of it then in the years of my adolescence. My family — ethnic Armenians, Christians by subscription more than piety — had settled in Jordan, a largely Muslim country, where I grew into adulthood, pulled this way and that by the three Christmases of the Holy Land. Of course it was a misnomer to call it the Christmas of the English because December 24 was celebrated by Catholic and Protestant Arabs as well.

BY December 28, 2011

2nd night of HanukkahAlthough I was born on Christmas, I feel like I’m slightly part Hanukkah now. Each year since I remarried — an event which brought two Jewish stepchildren into my life — I have anticipated the Festival of Lights with almost as much excitement as my hybrid celebration of the Winter Solstice/Yule and Christmas.

My stepchildren are actually half-Hanukkah and half-Christmas; their mother is Jewish, their father is not. Their parents long ago agreed the children would be raised Jewish, so they are attending the several years of Hebrew school that prepare them to become a bar and bat mitzvah. Having grown up with Christian and Jewish extended families, however, they have honored their heritage from both sides by celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas from the time they were born. As each year draws to a close, they look forward to lighting Hanukkah candles as well as decorating the Christmas tree with their doting, out-of-town Presbyterian grandparents.