We are reading The Shortest Day; Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer. The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Long ago. people grew afraid when each day had fewer hours of sunshine than the day before. Over time, they realized that one day each year the sun started moving toward them again. This book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history. Many contemporary holiday traditions were borrowed from ancient solstice celebrations.
We are making bird feeders and snowflakes to celebrate the winter solstice!
We, as Unitarian Universalists, like to celebrate the seasons of the earth and remind ourselves that we are a part of the web of life on this planet. Today we will do this by sharing the story “Why Evergreens Never Lose Their Leaves” and thinking about our seventh principle: Value our home, Earth, that we share with all living beings.
During our Spiritual Work time we will have the opportunity to make Bird Food Ornaments to hang outside and snowflakes to hang inside!
Today we’re going to talk some more about the December holidays. In our UU Quest we 'II talk about some of the contributions that UUs have made to Christmas celebrations. In the Action Quest we’ll talk about what kind of values Santa Claus has. And in between we 'II do an Energy Burner connected with the end of the year.
We are continuing to work on the worship service which we will run on Dec. 20. This is a fun and exciting event!
Don’t forget, we have a Practice and Pizza Party on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.
Explorers who do not want a speaking part or won’t be a church on Dec. 20 will help with props, costumes and other things!
If your child wants to participate please click here.
Coming of Age
What is the Christmas story? Does it actually appear anywhere in the Bible? How do Unitarian Universalists interpret the Christmas story? Today we are exploring Christmas and its meaning for Unitarian Universalists. We’re also making Cinnamon/Applesauce chalice ornaments for Christmas Eve and our own homes.