WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- The public is invited to attend worship on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield. The Rev. Arthur H. Reublinger, Chaplain of Compassionate Care Hospice, will officiate. Organist Sylvia Fairbanks will provide the service music.

For the first Sunday in Advent, how giving gifts contributes substantially to how people see themselves will be explored, not only at Christmas but throughout the year.

The observance of Christmas is something that our forefathers would not recognize. The Rev. Tracy Springberry, a UU minister in Idaho, writes that "Long ago, when the Puritans came to this country, they banned Christmas... The Puritans understood the pagan roots of Christmas, noted that the Bible never mentioned celebrating Christ’s birthday and insisted that everyone should simply ignore it. In 1621, when some of the colonies’ newer residents tried to take Christmas day off, the governor ordered them back to work."

Hopefully, not too many people will have to work this Christmas. But whether your holiday is more ancient or contemporary, the giving of gifts is the most important theme and the most powerful element you will experience.

The church is holding a Holiday Craft Bazaar today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chesterfield Town Hall, Route 63, in Chesterfield.

The church is located at 10 Main St. in West Chesterfield. For further information, visit www.chesterfielduu.org.