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The Twelve Days of Christmas - What Are They & What Do They Mean?

Originally a poem written by Catholic clerics, this song was transformed into a carol at a time when celebrating the twelve days of Christmas was one of the most important holiday customs. By understanding why the clerics chose the twelve days as wrapping for their poem, the full impact of the list tradition of the twelve days of Christmas can be understood.

What Are Pentecost and Shavuot? 10 Things Christians Should Know

This weekend marks the observance of Pentecost and Shavuot, holy days to Christians and Jews respectively. And both involve certain “gifts” that don’t come with wrapping and bows. Both of these holidays have deep biblical significance, but we don't talk about them much today. This year, Pentecost is on Sunday, May 20th, and Shavuot begins on Saturday, May 19th and ends on Monday, May 21st. The overlapping of these holidays this year is also significant. Here is what you should know about them:

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Halloween

Here’s a little experiment for you: Next Sunday at church, walk up to random people during the greeting time and say, “Trick or Treat!”

Some folks will smile, and maybe offer you a breath mint treat. These are the Christians who generally pass out the best candy on their street, dress up in fun costumes, and host the annual Fall Festival party at your church. Others will frown, and maybe offer to cast out a demon or two. These are the Christians who boycott the “devil’s holiday,” abstaining from festivities and turning off the porch lights on October 31.

Well, I’ve got a treat for both kinds of Christians today.

Regardless of whether you’re a lover or a hater, I’m betting there are at least 10 things you don’t know about Halloween. Ready to find out what you’ve been missing? Let’s go!

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