Time hon­ored tra­di­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

Over the Christ­mas pe­riod, there’s noth­ing more tra­di­tional than at­tend­ing a church ser­vice with fam­ily and other loved ones. Af­ter all, re­li­gion is what Christ­mas is all about. It’s easy to get caught up with the hus­tle and bus­tle of presents, dec­o­ra­tions and ev­ery­thing else that comes with the Christ­mas ter­ri­tory but it’s also im­por­tant to go back to ba­sics and re­mem­ber what the fes­tive sea­son is based on. And even if you’re not a reg­u­lar mass goer, the door is al­ways open for you to spend some qual­ity time, ei­ther by your­self or with your fam­ily at a church ser­vice in the com­mu­nity. Over the hol­i­days there will be a num­ber of ser­vices in churches of dif­fer­ent de­nom­i­na­tions. Carol ser­vices are al­ways a pop­u­lar choice for fam­i­lies who en­joy sing­ing fes­tive hymns in cel­e­bra­tion of the big day. And whether you go on Christ­mas Day it­self or over the hol­i­day pe­riod, you’ll be sure to have those carols in your head for days to come af­ter sing­ing them. A num­ber of churches will have the na­tiv­ity scene on dis­play and this is a fan­tas­tic way of ex­plan­ing to chil­dren the ori­gins of Christ­mas Day and why it’s so spe­cial. So no mat­ter how you spend Christ­mas this year, make sure to at­tend a church ser­vice if you’ve an evening to spare and re­flect on the true mean­ing of Christ­mas.

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