Poets have long given us poems as portals into the stunning event and astonishing affirmation at the core of Christian faith: the Eternal Word has taken on flesh in Jesus of Nazareth. This is the mystery and message this collection of poems explores. The Latin word for ""poetry"" is carmen. Over time, carmen formed into our English word ""charm."" These are Christmas carmen for the believer and doubter, the joyful and sorrowful, and the seeker longing for the experience of ""God with us."" They are for opening the heart, widening the imagination, and shaping the soul. They are for remembering and beholding the mystery of the Incarnation in everyday life all year long.