From Theos comes a report by Stephen R Holmes on The Politics of Christmas in which he argues that the Vicotrian domesticised Christmas to a family centred feast replacing the previous style of celebration with possible anarchic reversals of autority structures. A closer examination of the texts reveals that the 'silencing of politics' at Christmas is decidedly odd.
A timely reminder to reconsider themes of asylum seeking, taxation, political oppression, occupation and unrest in our Christmas celebrations.
Paperback ISBN 13 978 0 9562182 7 8 £5 Stephen R Holmes is Senior lecturere in Theology at the University of St Andrews Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
And if that gets you thinking about church and politics and The Holy Land it may be worth reminding you of the resources on the Anglican Communion website called The Holy Land Information pages.
If you are planning a pilgrimage next year Palestine Initiative for Responsible Toursim (PIRT) is worth a look at.