The holidays are here, along with the endless cycle of social calls, parties, potlucks, decorating, shopping, eating, and crowds at every store. It feels overwhelming as I try to juggle work and teens and family commitments and other holiday festivities. Once again, our family has decided to only do the things that bring us joy this holiday season. Being with our North Church family plays a central role.
How we mark Christmas at North Church has evolved but still brings us joy. My children have all aged out of the Christmas Pageant but they often help behind the scenes. We treasure the ornaments made at the Christmas Craft Workshop and give them a place of honor on our Christmas Tree. We shop as a family for items to donate to the Knitting Tree and other giving programs at church.
The highlight of our Christmas, and one that my non-religious family has respectfully scheduled around, is the youth-led Christmas Eve service followed by a cookie reception. I have given countless prayers of thanksgiving that we have not burned ourselves or the pews when we lit candles to sing “Silent Night”.
So many people work hard to make Advent and Christmas special at North Church. I invite you to enjoy some of the many activities offered this Advent.