Extravagant gift

Vulnerable love
One of the books I pull from the shelf each Advent is A Sprig of Holly, a collection of Advent and Christmas columns written for the Christian Century a generation ago by Halford Luccock, who was both a great preacher and a great teacher of preaching. For the December 5, 1951, issue, Luccock wrote about the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” which was then becoming part of the holiday repertoire, although it is actually centuries old. (The song has been played and sung so much since that it was named in a recent newspaper poll on the most irritating Christmas songs, behind “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Little Drummer Boy.”)


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