I wasn’t raised in a tradition that is known for its robust celebration of Advent. In fact, the entire season was viewed as, primarily, a pagan holiday—at least Christmas was seen that way. We weren’t anti-Christmas. Christmas was great—it just didn’t have a lot to do with Christianity, as we saw it. My mind has completely changed on that. In fact, Advent and Christmas (especially Christmas Eve) have come to be one of the most important spiritual times of the year for me.
Here are four reasons I think churches should celebrate Advent and Christmas:
A few weeks back, I had an amazing conversation with a trusted friend and mentor. While he would never admit it, he’s older (ssshhhhh…). He is currently battling cancer, which has certainly not diminished his insight or willingness to let younger turkeys like myself ask him questions about everything from church to good books to […]
“It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run […]