Blue Christmas

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Blue Christmas is observed during the end of Advent, before Christmas Day

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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