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Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville is decorated for the Advent/Christmas season. Photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

What are the 12 days of Christmas?

Do you know the dates the Christmas season begins and ends? Read More

Nativity figures photographed for stock images. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

The color blue in Advent

While the traditional color for Advent is purple, there is a growing interest in and acceptance of the color blue, which signifies hope, as an alternative. Read More

Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville is decorated for the Advent/Christmas season. File photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

What is Advent?

Get information and resources to use in the season when we prepare our hearts for Christ's coming. More

Sixty-First Avenue United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN. has 80 members who reach out to the community in a variety of ways. Worshippers join hands during this 2011 Advent service. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

What do the candles in our Advent wreath mean?

The Advent wreath is shaped in a circle to symbolize the eternity of God. In some churches, four purple candles, one for each week in Advent, are used with one larger white candle in the middle as the Christ candle. Read More

Children hang wreaths on the sanctuary door at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., during the church's annual Hanging of the Greens service. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

What is the “Hanging of the Greens?”

Many churches hold these special services. Read More

What are Chrismons?

What is the meaning of these ornaments? Read More