Advent in the Bible

As a child, Advent wasn’t one of the holidays that I understood. I was raised Roman Catholic, so during those years it was as familiar to my 6-year old self as Lent– which is to say they were periods of anticipation for Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. (Oh, the crazy ways that idolatry invades everything, but I digress.) Maybe we had an advent wreath or am advent calendar around, and I remember getting them in my Catholic elementary school, but that was the limit. As I grew a little older, my family rotated through a few varieties of Protestantism, some of which certainly had Advent and some of which did not. I probably didn’t notice.

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Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah! It’s the first night of Hanukkah for Jews, a celebration of the restoration the Temple after it was profaned by Greeks around two hundred years BCE.

Hanukkah is a post-biblical holiday, but strangely one that is in the bible for Roman Catholics but not Jews or Protestants. I wrote up quite a bit about Hanukkah in the Bible last year, so please check it out.

Don’t want to tour memory lane? That’s fine! So check out this fun music video by the Maccabeats explaining the history of this fantastic holiday:

 

(It’s catchy, isn’t it?)

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