Advent Calendar 2021

Mark the days to Christmas with fun facts, beloved music, and contemporary twists on classic traditions!

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This Advent we’re focusing on some of the Traditions of Christmas. But, in case you need a refresher on Advent itself, watch this two minute overview on the meaning and purpose of the season. (One note: while some traditions use purple in Advent to emphasize the penitential note of the season, as in this video, Lutherans emphasize hope and anticipation with blue, the color of the sky just before the sun rises.)

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As Olaf sings, it’s the traditions of the season – trimming the tree, baking favorite Christmas cookies, singing beloved carols – that bring many of us so much joy. What are your favorite traditions? What new things will you try that might become a favorite tradition? One of the new traditions at Mount Olivet that we hope will become a favorite for you is our Christmas Tree Lighting, this Sunday, from 4-6pm. Join us!

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last 18 months, it’s how to be creative and adapt our favorite traditions to the pandemic. And so this year… introducing the Lutefisk Drive-Through! In order to take care of each other and still enjoy one of our favorite events, we’re offering a prepackaged Lutefisk dinner with all the trimmings. This will be Mount Olivet’s 91st Lutefisk Dinner! Please enjoy this WCCO story about our 2015 dinner and learn more about this holiday favorite.

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If you’ve ever been to New York City in December, you’ve probably made your way to Rockefeller Center to watch the ice skaters and see the big tree. And even if you haven’t, you’ve probably seen the tree-lighting ceremony on television. In many ways, it’s something of a national Christmas tradition. (And our own tree lighting is tomorrow, from 4-6pm, following the Messiah Sing-a-Long at 3:30pm!)

 

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The original debut of Handel’s Messiah in 1742 was so anticipated that the management of the Music Hall in Dublin sent out a request that women attending the event wear “dresses without hoops” to allow for more people to attend. This version of the still incredibly popular piece offers a fun twist as it is “performed” by silent monks. And if you want more Handel, join our Messiah Sing-a-Long this afternoon at 3:30pm, rehearsal at 3:00pm. Bring your masks!

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For many of us, it is the music of the season that brings the Christmas story to life. This week we’ll listen to some of the ways music shapes how we hear the Christmas story, beginning with the carol used as the processional hymn for our Christmas Eve worship services, Adeste Fideles or, as you might know it better, O Come All Ye Faithful, accompanied by artwork chosen by our worship and music team.

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