Today is the first Sunday of Advent: Hope
One of the words that has been resonating with me during these challenging days is hope. Amazingly, that is a theme throughout Natalie Walters‘ most recent novel Silent Shadows. In the story, Pecca Gallegos and Colton Crawford are held captive by their pasts, but when Pecca’s life is threatened, breaking those chains may be the only way to keep her alive.
It’s Christmastime! To start off the first week of Advent, let’s talk Santa. Before pictures of the jolly, old elf with the red suit jump to mind, I’d like to take us back a few centuries. First, however, here’s a little background on Advent, which will inform our topics the next several weeks.
I love the Christmas season. It is a time when a child’s wonder is most allowed in adults. Lights sparkle on every street corner. Cheer is in the air. Snow is even more welcome. It is at this time of year, amid all the trials and tribulations of adulthood, that we can take a few weeks to remember the innocence and joy of childhood.
Today is Maundy Thursday, the day Christians celebrate the Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples the evening before his death. It is one day in the midst of a series of holy days surrounding the holiday we know as Easter. In my study of cultures and traditions, I have found that understanding the traditions that surround a holiday can often add more meaning and appreciation to the event. Easter is a prime example.
Christmas is my favorite time of year. It is a time of light and warmth and family. For some, it is a challenging time of year, whether because of the loss of loved ones or because they are unable to make it home for the holidays. Perhaps this depth of realization of the things that really matter in life is what makes me love this holiday even more.