I found this video very compelling -- talks about the meaning of Christmas in both culturally-astute and academic terms. It's over 9 minutes, but worth watching!
My favorite quote was: "Blasphemy! God can't become a human being. But it's not blasphemous, it's brilliant. God became one of us... Most people think they have to guess what God is like. You look at baby Jesus smiling and you hope that God is nice and smiles at you. The whole point of being born as a man is to remove all the guesswork, all the uncertainty."
That's Christmas! from andy pearce on Vimeo.
HT: Adrian Warnock