What's the Matter with Christmas?

For Adult Education on Sunday mornings this November, we have been studying the church's traditions of Advent and Christmas. Honoring Advent as four weeks of waiting and preparing, and celebrating the (12 day) season of Christmas as an extended time to honor the birth of Christ among us is one way to reclaim the Christmas season, and allow it to move our hearts and souls (instead of exhausting our bodies and check books). A few years ago I wrote a brief pamphlet to promote this way of thinking about December and January. For a copy, link here:     Advent and Christmas; a fresh look at an ancient tradition