Darkness reminds us of our own limits, the finite nature of our reasoning—and of the light that can penetrate even the blackest of moments.
If you are a Christian—and last time I checked Christmas was still a Christian holiday—it matters not whether your Christmas is simple or sumptuous as long as it is sanctified.
Modern pop culture has turned Santa into a figure almost completely removed from his origins, and it’s time to go back to the beginning and remember the real Saint Nick.
Lights do not shine in darkness unless darkness predominates. Darkness is how we come to know that light, not darkness, has positive substance, a substance not to be taken for granted.
We cheat ourselves when we go straight from Thanksgiving to Christmas without fully appreciating the opportunity Advent offers for reflection, preparation, and joyful anticipation.
Far more than just a pre-Christmas warm up, this season in the church year is worthwhile to celebrate and observe, all on its own. Here are some easy ways.
Centuries of Christian tradition with some modern tweaks help our family prepare for and celebrate Christmas as it was meant to be.
For New Year’s resolutions, you can’t beat emulating Mary and Joseph, who rival any contemporary ‘lifehacker’ or productivity guru by living with clarity, goal-directedness, and discipline.
Swing into Christmas with joy instead of frenzy. Here are ten ways to help you marinate in the season with Advent.
The media inform us Christians are upset about Starbucks cup for making Christmas even less religious than normal. The evidence is sorely lacking.
To rebuild lost villages, those bulwarks against the growth of government, start by hosting a party.
The 12 days of Christmas don’t end with Christmas. They begin on Christmas and feature parties, caroling, spiked egg nog and sales. Let’s bring ’em back.
Christmas doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are a few ways to focus on what’s important and remember the reason for the season.
Here are some quick ideas to help you celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas without further cluttering your mind and calendar.
You can almost imagine Advent Purists bursting into Fezziwig’s establishment on Christmas Eve, waving their calendars and brandishing their purple Advent candles. ‘Stop! Stop! This is a day of penance! You’re doing this incorrectly!’
The trick is to cut through all the sentimental crap and grasp this holiday’s essential value for deepening Christians’ faith.
I grew up Baptist and didn’t have much knowledge of the liturgical calendar. I thought “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was a silly song like “Frosty.” I was wrong.
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