Christians celebrate beginning of season leading to Christmas
Longview — Sunday, the beginning of the Advent season, was reason for celebration among Christians in Longview.
At Winterfield United Methodist Church, the congregation observed the beginning of the Christmas season with its Hanging of the Greens service.
Jay Barnes, Winterfield pastor, said the service is important because it “takes the local culture and brings Christ to it.”
“We’ve adopted and integrated other traditions and Christianized them,” he said. “The Christmas tree, the holly, the ivy, the poinsettias. All these things are all part of symbols from other places and show how to bring Christ into the culture.”
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