With both parents working full time in many contemporary households, there is less time to devote to the spiritual life of the family. It is a challenge for Christian parents to readjust our priorities and teach our children by living our faith, both inside and outside the home.
Children love to anticipate, and to engage in ritual: when there are Nativity scene figures to move closer during the four weeks of traditional Advent; when Advent hymns are sung in the candlelight of a graceful Advent wreath, when blessing prayers are said around a Christmas tree.
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The Advent Season, still a distinct period in the Church Year especially for Christian bodies that follow a liturgical calendar, has unfortunately been replaced in many secular societies by what is often called the "Christmas Season," but really means the "Christmas Shopping Season."
Read the entire article in the Nov. 19th edition.
Thanksgiving Day is about many things: giving thanks for the bounty America knows by sharing in a famously festive meal, fervent prayer at home and even church attendance, family time... parades.. football game and more and more every year, frenetic shopping: as early as the following midnight, if not still on the holiday itself. Thanksgiving Day most noticeably launches, in modern times in America and elsewhere, not the season of Advent (whose four Sundays before December 25 starts near or on the holiday weekend November 30 this year). But now most folks know those weeks not as The Advent Season, but "The Christmas Season," meaning the Christmas-Shopping Season.
Read the entire article in the Nov. 27 issue of the Express.