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How Advent Changed My Perspective on Christmas

What is advent all about?

Years ago, a friend asked Asheritah Ciuciu if she was excited that the Christmas season had arrived.

“Actually, no,” she said.

Christmas had both a joyful side and a dark side for Asheritah. She and her parents lived in Romania for ten years during the communist regime while her father pastored five churches – one officially recognized church and four underground churches. They lived under intense persecution and death threats.

Asheritah’s childhood Christmases had so many hard memories that she grew up wanting the season to be over with as soon as possible. That lasted until her friend told her, “It doesn’t have to be that way. You have the opportunity to begin new Christmas traditions with your family.”

That conversation sent Asheritah on a journey of rediscovering the joy of Christmas anew by studying four principles of Advent:

    • Hope
    • Preparation
    • Joy
    • Love

Read the article here: How Advent Changed My Perspective on Christmas | Jim Daly

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