Advent 2016

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 15

Luke 2:13-14 “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.’” Day 15: Christmas Around The World – Greece On Christmas Eve, children, especially boys, often go out singing ‘kalanda’ (carols) […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 14

Luke 2:12 “‘This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” Day 14: Christmas Around The World – Denmark Some people in Denmark give and receive extra Advent presents on the four Sundays of Advent. Different types of Advent candles and calendars are popular […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 13

Luke 2:8-11 “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 12

Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Day 12: Christmas Around The World – Portugal Father Christmas (‘Pai Natal’) is believed to bring presents to […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 11

Luke 2:7 “…[Mary] wrapped [Jesus] in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Day 11: Christmas Around The World – Ukraine Christmas in Ukraine is celebrated on the 7th January is because, like many countries where the main Church is the Orthodox Church, they use […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 10

Luke 2:6-7 While they were [in Bethlehem], the time came for the baby to be born, and [Mary] gave birth to her firstborn, a son… Day 10: Christmas Around The World – Trinidad and Tobago Christmas is a very social time in Trinidad and Tobago with most people having parties. Both children and adults go from […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 9

Micah 5:2 ‘But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.’ Day 9: Christmas Around The World – Costa Rica Christmas in Costa Rica comes at the end […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 8

Luke 2:5 [Joseph] went [to Bethlehem] to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. Day 8: Christmas Around The World – Egypt In Egypt about 15% of people are Christians. Christmas Day isn’t celebrated on the 25th December but on 7th January (like in Ethiopia and […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 7

Luke 2:4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to house and line of David. Day 7: Christmas Around The World – Bangladesh December 25th is a public holiday for Christmas in Bangladesh even though only about 0.3% of the […]

2016 Advent Calendar: Day 6

Matthew 1:22-23 All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means, ‘God with us.’ Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with […]

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