After reading a portion of Esther this Sunday I was reminded of Mikhail Bakhtin’s carnivalesque. The book of Esther is born out of the Jewish carnival Purim. Bakhtin talks about the carnival as a time when things that aren’t ordinarily expressed can come out, a time when the high and low things of life come together. Christmas is just that; the moment when God expresses something never expressed before in Jesus. The highest and the lowest, the divine and human coming together and in that moment God does the most amazing thing ever. The Carnival of Christmas.