Christmas is one of our best loved festivals. During the long dark days of winter, it gives the focus of a celebration to lift our hearts and spirits, and the food that goes along with it plays an enormous part. But the Christmas season isn't just about shopping, parties, presents and over-indulgence. Advent, the period leading up to Christmas, can also be an important time of spiritual as well as practical preparation.
In this, Christina Rees's second collection of writings and recipes following Christian festivals, she explores the wonderful season of Advent and Christmas through the themes of Welcoming, Wondering, Giving, Receiving and Celebrating.
With spiritual wisdom and recipes to guide us through the festive season (including Christina's original American turkey stuffing recipe as enjoyed and adapted by Delia Smith!), she provides inspiration for fantastic meals for family and friends, and insight for maintaining a fresh and positive perspective in the midst of all the seasonal activities.
Feast + Fast – Food for Advent and Christmas is a rich and creative offering, perfect for anyone seeking joy and love that lie at the heart of Christmas.
Christmas is one of the most joyful times of the year. It can also be one of the most stressful. So, rather than a chocolate Advent calendar, Do Nothing: Christmas is Coming offers you an Advent countdown with a difference. From 1 December all the way through to Christmas Day, Stephen Cotterell give you short, practical steps that you can take each day to slow down, take time out - and enjoy getting ready for Christmas.
The Little Book of Advent is an indispensable collection of readings from some of the most celebrated modern-day spiritual writers, with passages specially selected for each day of Advent. These carefully chosen insights come from men and women, lay and ordained, across the denominational spectrum, and their wisdom is combined with both a suggested Scripture passage, and a prayer to make your own. This book can be used either for self-reflection or to spark discussion in groups during an Advent course.
It is a volume that will become a treasured part of your prayer life during the run-up to Christmas, and can be used year after year. Canon Arthur Howells is a retired priest, having served all his ministry in the Church in Wales.
Entering the Season of Lent can be an amazing journey of discovery, an opportunity to journey to the foot of the cross, to be challenged by the sacrifice and reassured by the resurrection.
Historically is is a time to fast and repent in preparation for the joyous celebration of Easter Day.
The short prayers in this card may be used to help you practise a rhythm of prayer during Lent and to prepare for Easter.