Before listing the readings for Christmas Eve, someone posted the following quote from the late novelist Taylor Caldwell on another site, and it seemed apposite to reproduce it here:
One of the Gospel readings for Christmas Eve 2017 is Luke 2, about which I wrote several years ago:
The Christmas Story according to St Luke
The Christmas story in Luke’s Gospel (hermeneutics)
The second link features commentary from Dr Craig S Keener, who explains what betrothal meant in Mary and Joseph’s time. Also explained are the humble place where Jesus was born and what purpose swaddling clothes served.
The first link has the full Nativity story from Luke 2 and this video:
Many people say that Carol of the Bells is purely secular. Not so.
Carol of the Bells is a Ukrainian folk song adapted by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (1877-1921) in 1916. A traditional Slavic legend says that every bell in the world rings in Jesus’s honour on the night of His birth. (N.B.: The link might be down temporarily when you read this.)
After watching the video, you might be interested in listening to an audio of the Christmas story in Luke on the Holdman family webpage.
Also of interest is Matthew’s Gospel — Matthew 1:18-25 — describing Joseph’s dilemma regarding an expectant Mary and the message he received from an angel in a dream:
The Christmas story in Matthew’s Gospel (with hermeneutics from Dr Craig S Keener)
Christmas Eve — Matthew 1:18-25 (with commentary from Albert Barnes)
On a lighter topic, Sonny Perdue‘s USDA has given clearance for a certain team of animals to enter the United States for a 12-hour period.
The USDA also helped to complete a live Nativity scene in Aberdeen, South Dakota:
I hope everyone’s Christmas preparations are going to plan. I wish you a good day ahead.