Here’s the thing Western Christians, you’re doing Christmas wrong. For us the new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is the season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The Christmas season doesn’t begin until December 24th. From Christmas Eve until Epiphany we celebrate Christmastide, also known as the 12 days of Christmas. After the 12 days comes the Feast of Epiphany. Since the Magi didn’t visit Jesus until years after his birth, we don’t talk about the Wise Men until Epiphany arrives, directly after the Christmas Season. This leads us into ordinary time, which closes the Season of Christmas. Next comes the 6 week season of Lent, the seven week Season of Easter, Pentecost, and then ordinary time again until Advent rolls around again. Thanksgiving isn’t a liturgical holiday so it isn’t included unless you’re in the U.S., but isn’t in the Bible and is not sanctioned by the church. That doesn’t mean you can’t worship God by giving thanks, it’s jus not part of the liturgical year.
Rick Lee James
Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick. View more posts