Happy holidays! There are, of course, those who balk at that phrase, preferring instead that one particular religion’s holiday be singled out as primary in our diverse culture. How odd, in a nation that was founded, among other things, on the ideal of freedom of religion.
So this month, I wish you a Happy Chalica (look it up; beginning December 2), a Happy Solstice (December 21), a Happy Hanukkah (beginning December 22), a Festive Festivus (December 23 – again, look it up), a Merry Christmas (December 25), a Happy Kwanzaa (beginning December 26), a Happy Ōmisoka (December 31 – once again, look it up), and a Happy New Year (January 1 – well, it’s technically not this month, but the celebration starts the night before). In short, in this season of holidays and family, celebrations and good cheer, I wish for you warmth, health and happiness.
By the way, did you know December 16 is National Chocolate-Covered-Anything Day? . . .
Anyway – yes, Virginia, we do celebrate Christmas at Heritage Church. In fact, this year, we literally start the month of December off by celebrating Christmas. Stick around after the service on December 1 as we put up and decorate our giant sanctuary Christmas tree. This event is always fun for all ages. Then, the following Saturday (Dec. 7), join us at church at 6 p.m. for a family Caroling Party.
On Sunday morning, December 15, there’s the Heritage Christmas Pageant. And the following Sunday, we’ll be singing and hearing Christmas music and enjoying readings in another special worship service. Of course, it all culminates with our very popular traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, which as always features the nativity story, lovely music by our wonderful Choir, and the soft, beautiful silence of candlelight.
I hope to see you at Heritage during this very special month of celebrations, as together we experience the Love that is the Spirit of this Church!