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Christmas Story

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Advent: is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It is the beginning of the Christmas Calendar. Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25. For Christians, the season of Advent serves as a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ's return. The colors for advent are purple or dark blue. The candles on the Advent Wreath represent hope, peace, joy, love, and Christ. Each candle is purple or dark blue except for the joy candle, which is pink, and the center Christ candle, which is white. (Wikipedia)

12 Days of Christmas: In our culture the Christmas season ends the day of Christmas. In the church, the season of Christmas starts on Christmas day. It lasts for 12 days (Hence, the 12 Days of Christmas song, and Twelfth Night by Shakespeare.)

Epiphany: This celebration falls on January 6th. It commemorate principally (but not solely) the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the toddler Jesus.. Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. (Wikipedia)


  • Birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25, 57-66)

  • Gabriel Foretells Jesus’ Birth to Mary (Luke 1:26-38)

  • Mary visits Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56)

  • John is born (Luke 1:57-80)

  • Jesus is Born (Luke 2:1-20)

  • Shepherds and Angels (Luke 2:8-20)

  • Jesus is presented at the Temple (Luke 2:22-38)


  • Family Tree (Matthew 1:1-17)

  • Angel appears to Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25)

  • Herod sends Magi (Matthew 2:1-8)

  • Magi visit Jesus as a toddler (Matthew 2:9-12)

  • Herod starts killing small boys (Matthew 2:16-18)

  • Jesus’ family escapes to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23)

These scriptures capture the significant events surrounding the births of John the Baptist and Jesus, as well as the early moments of their lives.

Happy Holidays!

 As we approach the end of the year, various Christian cultures delve into elaborate celebrations encompassing Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.

In addition to these, there are numerous other religious and cultural celebrations during this season. Some widely celebrated ones include Diwali, Hanukkah, and Ashura.

While I cherish sharing the narrative of Jesus' birth, the profound love exemplified by Jesus encourages us to extend love to everyone. 

Therefore, I share these diverse celebrations as a means to amplify God's love for all.

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