Joshua Gibbs is tired of seeing people be made to feel guilty for celebrating Christmas to the fullest: “After years of watching Grinches, atheists, and fake historians (many of them self-professed Christians) on social media spread all manner of lies and misinformation about Christmas, I decided to take matters into my own hands and put together a saucy, robust defense of celebrating our Lord’s birthday.” That defense is found in a new book from CiRCE Books: The 25th: New and Selected Christmas Essays, out November 23rd and available now to pre-order.
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.
A few of the essays were previously published and have been expanded for the book, but at the core of the volume are new essays, found only in these pages.
The 25th is $14.99. ISBN: 9781734785340
PRAISE FOR THE 25TH
“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.”
—Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College, and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Christmas
About Joshua Gibbs
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.