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Countdown to Christmas.

November 28th, 2014 by Christopher Caudle


Black Friday.

Small Business Saturday.


Cyber Monday.

Giving Tuesday.


Just a cultural reminder that Christmas is coming. Our civic liturgy for the season’s inauguration begins annually at the conclusion of the Thanksgiving Parade, when Santa and his entourage let us know that the Feast of Thanksgiving is meant to feed and fuel us for the celebrating, decorating, entertaining and shopping to come. The TV litany of 1960s stop-motion reindeer, Snowmen and Mickey Rooney Kringles quicken the pace as commercials for recipes, automobiles, and hugging families in the snow bring us to the brink of the Feast.

“You can’t wing Christmas. Procrastination is not part of the holiday spirit. Christmas requires preparation.”

As our culture has adopted the logic of Advent, we have an opportunity to share Advent’s similar message

“You can’t wing Christ’s welcome. Procrastination is not part of the Spirit’s call. Christmas requires preparation.”

A few reminders of how you can help your family and your friends prepare to rejoice in the coming (and return) of Christ.

On Sunday December 7th, invite a friend to church. The Sunday service will include simple explanations of the liturgy, and will allow us to share the upcoming opportunities this Advent season. Use the invitation in your Christmas card. We have more invitations for those of you with more than one friend. You can also invite them to other events going on through December. This weekend, we begin on Sunday afternoon with Take Home a Tradition and Caroling in Oak Forest. Lessons and Carols on December 7th, and Fezzywig's Christmas Party on December 14th. These events are all different ways to prepare to celebrate the joy of Christmas.

Praying that you and your family enjoyed a blessed day of Thanksgiving and are beginning your own preparations to celebrate the Christmas Feast.


grace and certain hope,



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About this author:

Christopher Caudle

Christopher Caudle

Fr. Christopher has an authentic sense of humor and is a man after the Lord's own heart. He pastors the members of New Covenant Church while keeping his family as a keen priority. Fr. Christopher holds BA in History from the University of North Carolina and a MA in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theology Seminary.

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