Thoughts for December 2016

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the holidays here. What reminds you of the reason for the season? For me, holiday music evokes memories of childhood and shopping in the city in the snow. Christmas invites baking, cooking, decorating, and gift-giving.

This year, three holidays will share the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day: Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Four Sundays in the church calendar, before Christmas Sunday December 25th, we honor the season of Advent, anticipating the celebration of the birth of Christ. Advent weekly themes for December are Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Hanukkah arrives this year on the evening of December 24th and ends on January 1st. The week of Kwanzaa will celebrate its 50th birthday this year, starting on December 26th.

Whatever your holiday tradition is, we invite you to share your ideas with us. Have an enjoyable season of celebration and generosity as you give and receive this year.

Blessings, Chaplain Nancy