A Simple Advent Candle Lighting for Home or Church based on Howard Thurman’s “I will Light Candles this Christmas” and “This is Christmas” from The Mood of Christmas and Other Celebrations

(I have spent the year reflecting on the words of Howard Thurman, some of the less familiar ones. It has been a profound blessing. Here is a simple offering mostly … this late in the season, just for the home Advent Wreath.) First Sunday in Advent I light one candle here for hopeand it is […]

A Simple Advent Candle Lighting for Home or Church based on Howard Thurman’s “I will Light Candles this Christmas” and “This is Christmas” from The Mood of Christmas and Other Celebrations

Christmas was born along the Elbe (part 3: the tree)

Hamburg’s waterfront with its trees Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt, is a bit downriver from Dresden. It has no claim of being the site where Christmas trees were invented, but its role has been key nevertheless.  Between the years 1000 and 1300 the city was seen as St-Louis was seen in the 19th century: a […]

Christmas was born along the Elbe (part 3: the tree)