Blue Christmas

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Blue Christmas is observed during the end of Advent, before Christmas Day
For other uses, see Blue Christmas (disambiguation).

Blue Christmas, also called the Longest Night, in the Western Christian tradition, is a day in the Advent season marking the longest night of the year.[1] On this day, some churches hold a church service that honours people that have lost love ones in that year.[2] The Holy Eucharist is traditionally a part of the service of worship on this day.[3]

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  1. ^ Milton, Ralph (2000). This United Church of Ours (in English). Wood Lake Publishing Inc. p. 87. ISBN 9781551453897. Retrieved 9 April 2014. "Many congregations have a special week or so before Christmas. Some call it "Blue Christmas," while others call it, "The Longest Night," and some simply call it a "Service of Remembering."" 
  2. ^ McCoy, Robb McCoy; Taylor Burton-Edwards. "A Service of Word and Table for Longest Night/Blue Christmas" (in English). General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) of The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Quivik, Melinda A. (2005). A Christian Funeral: Witness to the Resurrection (in English). Augsburg Books. p. 90. ISBN 9780806651484. Retrieved 9 April 2014. "an Advent evening eucharist (called Longest Night or Blue Christmas) that recognizes how hard the coming of Christmas can be for those who have buried a loved one during the past year." 

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