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Nov 29, 2023

Christmastime is a season of festivity—carols, parties, decorations, food. But do we understand the true meaning of festivity and its divine origins? Haley Stewart—mom, author, and editor at Word on Fire Sparkjoins us this week to give us a true vision of festivity, one that begins with encountering God and responds with an overflow of joy for who He is and what He has done. Listen in for a rich conversation on true Christmas joy and finding echoes of festivity in our favorite Christmas stories. We also talk about how the countercultural practice of Advent prepares us to celebrate Christmas with greater joy. 


Download your free Strong Women Advent resource guide! Advent begins Sunday, December 3rd. Explore “Prepare the Way of the Lord-Advent 2023” for books, devotional, music, and art that tunes your heart to worship in preparation for the coming King this Christmas season.  

Mouse Nuns series by Haley Stewart and Elizabeth Wallin: The Pursuit of the Pilfered Cheese  

The Sham Practice of Christmas article by Haley Stewart on the University of Notre Dame’s Journal of Church Life 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 

The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander 

Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson 

Silas Marner by George Elliot 

Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson 

Works of Mercy by Sally Thomas 

Strong Women is partnering with our amazing friends at Drinklings to offer a special Flannery O’Connor mug and Strong Women coffee blend just in time for Christmas! Check out these products here and get yours today. These also make great Christmas gifts for the other Strong Women on your list! 

Today, Christians face mounting pressure to conform to harmful secular ideologies about race, sexuality, human identity, and more. In response, the Colson Center seeks to equip believers with a Christian worldview on all these things, so they can know, live, and speak the truth in love. As we reach the end of the year, would you consider donating to support the ongoing work of the Colson Center? You can make your donation at 

How do we remain faithful to Christ when our faith clashes with this cultural moment, or when we have to choose between conscience and career? We need courage, and courage must be cultivated. Join us at CCNC 2024 to find answers and tools to cultivate courageous faith for the specific challenges you face in this cultural moment. Speakers include Dr. Al Mohler, Father Calvin Robinson, Riley Gaines, Katy Faust, and more. For full speaker lineup and registration, go to   

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