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Christmas Is Coming

December 5, 2017 by

William Stringfellow once remarked that, “We live now, in the United States, in a culture so profoundly pagan that Advent is no longer really noticed, much less observed.” How true. Even though Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier each year, it comes simply as a business decision, a secular expansion of the holiday season in order to increase consumer spending, not as Advent. Accordingly, “Christmas fatigue” seems to set in earlier each year and to affect more and more people.

Which is sad, because it doesn’t have to be that way. We can prepare for Christmas early, without losing its joy. As the two- and three-year-old children singing this simple song demonstrate, the answer to holiday burnout lies in our hearts, in childlike expectation. Discover that, and you will rediscover Advent. As Emmy Arnold, co-founder of the Bruderhof, wrote, “Only those who are reborn as children shall become children of the light. Wherever the Christmas Child is born in a heart, wherever Jesus begins his earthly life anew – that is where the life of God’s love and of God’s peace dawns again.”

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  • May God let to live the little child in our hearts....So there will be no more wars and tears on earth.

  • My family in I came last year for the fall day you had...My children loved it...I know we missed the one this year and was hoping to find out about different things you hold there .

    Amy Johnston