new takes on an old story

The story of how Jesus’ birth happened is of course very old. For many people today, it has entered into the realm of cultural mythology, in the same category as little George Washington fessing up to chopping down the cherry tree and Christopher Columbus setting sail to prove the earth is round. Not strictly true, but a nice story for the kids.

For Christians, if Christmas is not strictly true, we are wasting our time. Jesus’ birth meant the enfleshment of God himself, on earth, before the eyes of very human humans, as a real, crying, needy baby. We call this the Incarnation – perhaps the most mind-boggling event in creation’s history. This is the event Christmas celebrates and commemorates, year after year.

And every year, artistic people in the family of God come up with new ways to celebrate the old story with creativity and originality. I love it. Here are two videos I really like (both made last year) that tell the Christmas story in new and insightful ways:

“A Social Network Christmas.” “This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a social network existed at the time of Jesus’s birth” (from the website). A poignant reminder of the disgrace Joseph and Mary went through (and Jesus was born into) because of the Lord’s uniquely supernatural conception.

“The Christmas Story,” as told by the children of St. Paul’s church in Auckland, New Zealand. Sort of reminds me of the excellent movie “Where the Wild Things Are.” And the music is so catchy! Not to mention the incredibly adorable children, especially with their New Zealand accents. This one is difficult not to watch repeatedly.

Do you know of any others? Share them!

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