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Unwrapped

In this series we "unwrap" the meaning behind our Christmas traditions. We'll address how Christians "hijacked" past culture and reimagined it in a way that celebrates Christ. As we see more and more of Christ being removed from the Christmas season, let's root ourselves in traditions that matter, a

Light

Unwrapped - Pt. 4 • December 16, 2018 • Randy Hageman

Lights are a big part of many of our Christmas decorations, and many of us tour neighborhoods shining brightly with lights as part of our Christmas traditions. But why is light an important part of our Christmas celebrations? Does it all relate back to the Bethlehem star, or is there even more? Today we’ll explore the significance of light at Christmas and, even more importantly, where it leads us today!

Gifts

Unwrapped • December 9, 2018 • Susan Hageman

Many may have a Grinch-like relationship with the tradition of gift-giving. After all, isn’t it to blame for the commercialization of the season, distraction from the Christ child, and our empty pockets? Today, we will unwrap the reasons we do this crazy thing we do!

Carols

Unwrapped - Pt. 2 • December 2, 2018 • Randy Hageman

One of the historic traditions of Christmas is singing Christmas carols. For many, they send us back to nostalgic memories of Christmas in simpler, less secular times. Yet, carols still play an important function in focusing us on the real meaning of Christmas. Today we’ll explore the origins behind some of the carols and the way they continue to tell the Christmas story for our own celebrations.