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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.

Ask The UMC: How long is the Christmas season?

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

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 are used with one larger white candle as the Christ... 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