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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Christmas, celebrated by Christians each year to commemorate the birth of Jesus, comes right after the longest night of the year on the Winter Solstice and for centuries has signaled the return of the light. Christmas is a time of hospitality and generosity. And it is a reminder of the hope that is always being born.
African-American theologian and Christian mystic Howard Thurman appreciated all these meaning of Christmas and wrote often about them. In Howard Thurman: Essential Writings, selected and edited by Luther E. Smith, we discovered four readings for you to use to name this day.
A Vast Vitality
Madonna and Child
Christmas Is Waiting to be Born
The Work of Christmas