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Celebrating Christmas traditions

Celebrating Christmas traditions

Our celebrations are often sprinkled with traditions that bring us joy and remind us of times gone by or people who have graced our lives. Do you know where or when your Christmas traditions began and the meaning behind them? The Colors of Christmas takes a look at the some of the customs around Christmas.

For instance, what do you know about candy canes being placed on a Christmas tree? They are hung on the
tree as a reminder that God’s redemption and our forgiveness go hand-in-hand. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can live every day knowing that our sins are forgiven. When children visit, they are invited to select a candy cane from the tree as a reminder of this great gift of God’s love.

The Colors of Christmas, available in English and Spanish, is intended to be a reflection while preparing for Christmas. It may be used individually, in small groups, in an ecumenical setting or retreat, as a children’s sermon, or as an intergenerational program for teens to share in nursing homes or assisted-living facilities.