jesse.smThis resource guide is provided to help you walk through the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany with intentionality and purpose. These are seasons of celebration. All of us love to decorate our homes, create special rituals, pray and worship God and the Christ who brought salvation to earth.

This is also a season for partying, feasting and have fun. We have tried to bring together a sampling that will provide possibilities for all these aspects of the season. This is a time for tapping into traditions associated with the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany that have existed for centuries, like nativity scenes and Advent wreaths. It is also a time to stir our imaginations to consider new ways to celebrate, new traditions to create like Advent gardens and manger gatherings.

This guide is also provided as an adjunct to our resource A Journey Toward Home: Soul Travel for Advent toLent which approaches the rich seasons of Advent through Epiphany playfully yet with yearning and determination. Words ancient and new, stories for the young and old engage us in this annual unfolding of miracles and mystery. Along this road, often curvy and rocky, we follow the guides of the ancient O Antiphons predecessors to the hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” as well as twenty-first century poets, writers and contributors to the Godspace blog who offer their own interpretations of what it means to be waiting for Christ to come again into our hearts and be born, and thus, to save the world.

Check out our newest book, A Journey Toward Home: Soul Travel from Advent to Lent!

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