If airlines, computer makers and telecom companies are doing it, why not religions? Christmas and Hanukkah to Merge!
What is Advent and when does it begin?
Advent is the season before Christmas and the beginning of a new ecclesiastical year. In Western Christendom, four Sundays are included. In Eastern Christendom, the season is longer and begins in the middle of November. In 2016, Advent begins on November 27th for Protestants and most Catholics. For Easterm Orthodox Christians, Advent begins on November 15.
At Heaven’s Gate
The challenge is not how to be happy when things are going well, but rather, how to thrive in the face of adversity. This question, the season of Advent, powerfully addresses, making its message totally relevant for the living of these days. Read more.
Thanksgiving is not about turkey. While families will certainly gather for meals of many types in an increasingly diverse USA, this holiday is primarily about giving thanks to God, not only for the blessings of life, but for life itself. Here is a list of the most popular prayers of and for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving: Mirror Unto The Soul of a Nation
“A nation divided cannot stand,” said Abraham Lincoln, paraphrasing Scripture. But with a bit of luck, some ordinary patience and understanding, and a touch of grace, it can. Here’s how.
When considering how to celebrate the holiday, in addition to the prayers and thoughts suggested earlier, you may also appreciate some help in preparing the food! We’d be remiss in not suggesting some resources to help you prepare a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
The Date of Halloween in 2016 is Monday, October 31st.
It is one of those holidays that never disappoints, always occuring on the same date.
Holiday in Need of Renovation
Given its pagan roots, some think it evil. We disagree and examine its deeper meaning, religious roots, and contemporary significance, including practical ideas on how to celebrate it today. Renovating Halloween
Halloween: A Pagan Perspective
One reader reacted strongly to my Halloween piece. Since her retort was so well written and so thoughtful, I’ve included her entire rebuttal here.
Rosh Hashanah is Monday, October 3rd. It is followed by the Fast of Gedalliah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. For the full Jewish holiday calendar.
So you are thinking about getting married. … Here are a few things to think about before you decide, and the tools you need to plan a wedding ceremony if you decided to get married. Wedding planner.