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Christmas & Advent 

Christmas time is the most well loved Liturgical season and is full of of Christian customs. Christmas trees, decorations, carols, and gift-giving all have Christian roots. Not many, for example, know that it was St. Francis of Assisi who started the use of a Nativity set. Nor do many know the deep significance and symbolism behind the Christmas tree and its decorations, or the unusual origins behind the practice of sending Christmas cards! Click here to read more.

Little is also known of the origins of the preparatory season for Christmas, known as Advent, something of a mini-Lent. It is a time of penance, prayer, and preparation, not only for the birth of Our Savior, but also for the completion of Christmas in His coming at the end of time. Click here to learn more about this important season or see our past newsletters.