Publish Date: 
November 2, 2021

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The 25th: New and Selected Christmas Essays

Joshua Gibbs

Every December, Christians are given new reasons to not take Christmas seriously. We are told that Christmas was originally a pagan holiday, that Jesus was not born on December 25th, that Christmas traditions have all lost their meaning, and that Christmas has been snowed under by hedonistic commercialism. While the enemies of the Church are all too happy to have Christians believe such nonsense, in The 25th, Joshua Gibbs argues that none of it is true. Rather, Christians have every reason to robustly celebrate Christmas with the confidence they are participating in one of the oldest, deepest, and greatest mysteries of God.

Joshua Gibbs is the author of How to Be Unlucky: Reflections on the Pursuit of Virtue, Something They Will Not Forget: A Handbook for Classical Teachers and Blasphemers. He teaches great books at Veritas School in Richmond, VA. His wife is generous and his children are funny. 


- On Grinches

- A Better World

- In Defense of Santa Claus

- When to Start Listening to Christmas Music

- In Defense of George Bailey 

- Meditations on the Creche

- What if Christmas Is Exactly What It Purports to Be?

- Death at a Party: December 28th, Feast of the Holy Innocents

- The Leavetaking

Timothy Larsen
(McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College, and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Christmas)
“Christmas is not without its modern defenders, but Joshua Gibbs is the one who is clearly enjoying himself. Not only does he have the spirit of Christmas, he also has the spirit of G. K. Chesterton. It doesn’t matter if you primarily read for pleasure or insight—The 25th is a Christmas stocking overflowing with both.”

David Hicks
(Author of Norms and Nobility)
"Reading Joshua Gibbs is thought-provoking, challenging, inspiring, and withal, practical."