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Christmas Traditions - A Stocking for Jesus

Nov 23, 2010 By Pam Carton

When you decorate your home and hang your family's stockings - don't forget the Birthday Boy! Give Jesus a special place of honor with His own stocking, complete with His name embroidered in gold.This wonderful tradition helps remind the whole family that Christmas is about more than giving material gifts. Throughout Advent, eve[...]

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What is the meaning of the Advent Wreath?

Nov 16, 2010 By Pam Carton

Since circles have no beginning and no end, the circular shape of the Advent Wreath is used to symbolize God the Father and eternal life. The wreath holds four candles which are lit over the four weeks of Advent. There are three violet (purple) candles and one rose candle, each representing 1,000 years. Added together, the four[...]

Christmas Traditions - The Christmas Nail

Nov 09, 2010 By Pam Carton

The season of Advent, which prepares us for Christmas, is closely tied to the season of Lent, which prepares us for Easter. Both seasons feature the liturgical color of purple, and both are a time of inward searching and waiting.The tradition of the Christmas Nail is another way to tie the mystery of Christ's birth with the salv[...]

Christmas Traditions - The Jesse Tree

Nov 01, 2010 By Pam Carton

An increasingly popular Advent and Christmas tradition is the creation of a Jesse Tree. This special tree recreates the family tree of Jesus - beginning with Adam and Eve at the creation of the world. Each person on the Jesse Tree plays an important role in the story of Salvation History and is represented by a symbol, such as t[...]