Christmas is far from being the only amazing holiday that occurs at this time of year! While Christians are celebrating Christmas, our Jewish friends are preparing for Hanukkah (or Chanukah), an 8-day festival of lights that began today (December 24) at sundown. I love the story of Hanukkah! Rather than telling it myself (and probably … Read more What Is Hanukkah?
For all of us Advent novices, it’s helpful to know that this season marks the start of the Christian year; basically, it is the Church’s New Year’s Day! It starts four weeks before Christmas, around November 30 or the nearest Sunday to it. The term “Advent” comes from the Latin word for ‘arrival.’ As early … Read more Advent 101: What Is Advent?