Advent Calendar Day 6: O Come All Ye Faithful

Here’s one of my favorite Christmas hymns, among the most stirring, and one with real theological meat on the shank.  Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.  Also, amusing to me if no one else, it may be a coded Jacobite anthem, originally meant in honor of the Young Pretender Bonnie Prince Charlie.  Also, don’t even front, that music video is hilarious and legitimately awesome.  Real talk.

Faith.  Joy.  Triumph.  Ex umbris ad lucem, we are brought from shadows and into light.  Another good reason for moving this celebration to this season is that in the dead of winter is the time we most need reminding of the fact that we need fear no darkness.  In Christ is the victory.

And Twisted Sister, of course.  Absurd as they are, everyone loves “We’re not Gonna Take It,” and Dee Snider’s senate appearance endears him to me a great deal.  And they had a lot of fun with Christmas over the years, and since all other versions of this standard kind of grate on my nerves, here’s a little bonus for you:

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