Although Advent is an extremely old Christian tradition, it is relatively new to the evangelical calendar. In fact, I didn’t learn about Advent until I was an adult, and I attended church throughout my teen years! However, these days it’s quite common for American churches of all denominations to have advent wreaths, and many families … Read moreWhy Do Christians Celebrate Advent?
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 moreWhat 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 moreAdvent 101: What Is Advent?
As a follower of Jesus, I have mixed feelings about Halloween. Because of its original roots, I hesitate to give it much credence. It bothers me to know that most of its traditions stem from fear of ghosts and death. That’s just NOT something that I want to celebrate. Nevertheless, I have very fond memories … Read moreWhy Do I Celebrate Halloween?
Advent…right in the middle of flu season (at least here in the U.S.). My son had the flu last week, and I’ve had it most of this week. It’s yucky stuff, I can tell you! (And, before you ask, NO, we didn’t get flu shots (sigh) and, YES, I know that “received” is misspelled in … Read moreAdvent, Even When Sickness Hits