Tag Archive: Christmas

Simplify Your Christmas

Make Plans Now for a Simpler, Greener, More Just Holiday The stores have had Christmas stuff out for weeks.  The consumer orientation to Christmas can lead to stress and debt, leaving little room for joy or relationships with others.  Sometimes it even becomes hard to remember that Christmas is a Christian holy day. Alternatives for…

Christmas Candles

A Poem/Prayer by Howard Thurman: I will light candles this Christmas Candles of joy despite all sadness, Candles of hope where despair keeps watch, Candles of courage where fear is ever present, Candles of peace of tempest-tossed days, Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens, Candles of love to inspire all my living, Candles that…

Advent: O Antiphons

Almost everyone has heard the carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”  That carol is an adaptation of “the O antiphons”, a series of liturgical prayers for the eight days before Christmas that date back at least to around the year 600.  Originally in Latin, each verse begins with a messianic title for Jesus, refers to…

Celebrating Advent with Children

Christmas is a holiday for the child in all of us, and Advent (the season of preparation for celebrating Christmas) is a great time to lift up the spiritual themes of the season.  Here are some ideas for celebrating Advent with the children in your life.     

Simplify Advent & Christmas

What’s not to love about the holiday season? Joyous? Sure. But stressful, no doubt. Before the holiday rush takes your blood pressure up a few clicks, check out a few ways to make this season a little less frenetic and a little more meaningful.  

12 Days of Christmas

Christmas isn’t over yet! Even though most Western Christians focus on THE one day of Christmas on December 25, Christmas is actually a season that begins on December 25, and runs for 12 days.  Christmastide ends on January 6, when Western Christians celebrate Epiphany, which marks the visit of the magi to the Holy Child. …

The Longest Night

Acknowleging When the Holidays are Hard Christmas and the holidays can be a time great joy.  But sometimes they can also be bittersweet.  Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or other condition that creates a question over…