I first read about a Lakota giveaway on a Sunday morning in a book about the Yankton Sioux. Giveaways were a means by which wealth was distributed and people gained stature and strength.
It may be no surprise that we are a bit bad at changing our ways, but the ritual we go through to pursue that change is deeply meaningful. Our resolutions reveal what we value yet feel we do not live up to.
According to its translation from Latin, Advent means “coming,” and throughout the season of Advent, we begin a time of waiting for the celebration of Christ’s coming into the world on Christmas Day.
I find the season ahead somewhat daunting. Despite the cheerful vibe, I can easily get stressed about all of it: the advertising, the events, the deadlines, the search for appropriate gifts.
The Christmas celebration is arguably the most celebrated season in Nigeria as everyone gathers together to celebrate the Yuletide season.
Christians often talk about the need to avoid reductionism, especially scientific naturalism. But what about the opposite extreme—isn’t it dangerous also to focus too little on science, and let ourselves be shaped too much by superstition or ‘traditional’ beliefs?