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The Star of Bethlehem, a watercolor by Edward Burne-Jones, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Although we are accustomed to celebrating
Christmas on a single day, in both Christian tradition and on the Church calendar, the Christmas season lasts for the twelve days from December 25–January 6.

As Taylor Burton-Edwards notes, the Christmas Season "begins with the birth of Jesus and gives us two full weeks to encounter the extraordinary love, threats, dangers and opportunities God's Incarnation [in the birth of Jesus] set off then and still sets off today."

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

God entered our world, not as a conqueror but an infant, demonstrating the depth of God's love — and a radical vision of peace and love — for all creation. May you experience much joy this holiday season!

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JoAnn Hall's favorite Nativity set purchased during her first mission trip to Haiti. Photo by JoAnn Hall.

United Methodists share stories of beloved Nativity scenes

From handmade figures from Haiti to porcelain figures guarded by a young boy's toy soldiers, favorite family Nativity scenes display a personal touch. Read More

Candles set a reflective mood for Advent. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist News Service.

Rethink Christmas: More joy, less stress

Tips for being ‘in the present,’ more focused on others and for worrying less this holiday season. Read More

Screen grab from video. Nativity figure courtesy of First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma, TN.

Nativity scenes: More than meets the eye

The figures in that familiar Christmas decoration offer faith lessons, too. Learn about the symbolism in the creche. More

A candle burns during a service. Photograph by Angelia Sims of Angelia's Photography.

Sad at Christmas? Advice for coping with holiday blues

'Tis the season we feel pressure to be jolly, but what if we’re not? United Methodist pastors and counselors offer ways to deal with being down. Read More

Image of candle, courtesy of Jennifer Davis.

Could Ferguson help us focus on Advent?

Jennifer Davis shares her sermon that has a new list of prayers, all beginning with the plea "Come, Lord Jesus.' Read More

Advent Quiz llustration by Cindy Caldwell

Advent Quiz: Test your knowledge of the season

Get a new question daily as we explore traditions and symbols of the season. And share the quiz with others! More