“Away in the manger, no crib for his bed
The little lord Jesus lay down his sweet head
The stars in the sky look down where he lay
The little lord Jesus, asleep on the hay”
While I don’t consider myself religious, I was raised Catholic, and Christmas is my favorite time of year. The religious carols tend to be my favorite, and I have “Away in the Manger”, “Hark the Harold Angels Sing”, and “Joy to the World” on repeat. And increasingly I’m finding our visit to the Apostolic Faith Trinity Church’s Festival of Lights one of my favorite events during the holiday season.
We drive by this seemingly simple church every day on our way to and from school. So when we see all the lights up and lit, we know that the Festival of Lights is around the corner. The festival is a weekend long event the church holds for the community. There is a bouncy house, a hay ride, and petting zoo for the kids. At regular intervals they have choirs singing, and a bell choir performance. And inside there is a story hour and puppet show for the kids, as well and cookies, popcorn, hot chocolate and coffee for all.
While it’s easy to get caught up in Santa, presents, and the latest Star Wars movie, it’s important to remember the more important lessons of Christmas – of joy, faith, hope, and the pleasure of giving those to others. That is what is truly what makes this season magical. And the Apostolic Faith Trinity Church does a wonderful job of reminding us of just that message.