If you’re desperate for an alternative to the thin musical gruel of holiday playlists, then the hymns and carols of Advent offer a remarkable and lovely respite of truth and preparation.
December is now a string of days on which to go to parties, buy presents for parties, bake cookies for parties, shop for ugly sweaters to wear to parties, and clean up after parties.
The Christian church year marries the Christmas season with looking forward to the end of the world. It’s not just cuddly baby Jesus, but Jesus the eternal judge. And it makes sense.
Even though we still sometimes disagree about the details, I’ve come to be grateful that my husband has always insisted we celebrate Advent first. Here’s how we do it.
Sharing gorgeous pictures and well-crafted stories with our children is an excellent way to combat the dehumanizing habits and beliefs that make our world shrill, angry, and sad.
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.
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