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December 21st, 2014
The day I saw my mom eating the Santa cookies on the plate was one of the most horrific days of my life. — Halle Berry

Purple or blue? Some Advent wreaths have three purple candles and one pink, while others have three blue candles and one pink. Why the difference? The Lutheran Book of Worship lists blue as the preferred color for Advent and the Methodist Book of Worship identifies purple or blue as appropriate for Advent, while the Roman Catholic Church retains the traditional purple. Purple is associated most closely with penetential practices and probably has something to do with the origins of Advent being more Lent-like. There has been a trend toward supplanting purple with blue during Advent as it is a hopeful season of preparation that anticipates both Bethlehem and the consummation of history in the second coming of Jesus Christ. But for now, at least for Roman Catholics, the purple remains.

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Today, buy a cup of coffee, a sandwich, or even Christmas cookies for someone who doesn’t expect it.



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November 30th, 2014
What to say when someone asks, "What's an Advent Calendar?" Show them this one! Advent Calendars help us anticipate or "count down" to Christmas and Jesus' birth. Advent is a season of preparation and waiting. So, hidden behind every day of the calendar is a surprise! (No peeking -- you have to WAIT for it!) You might find chocolate, an image, or in the case of Busted Halo's Advent Surprise Calendar -- an inspirational quote and spiritual challenge. Happy Advent!

Set an intention for Advent this year: Pick a way that you will slow down and behold God’s coming into the world.…

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