the Advent season

Advent began yesterday. It's a little early this year.

My Facebook friends have been complaining since well before Thanksgiving about the early onset of Christmas music. I agree. For myself I would just as soon not hear Christmas music until the fourth Sunday of Advent.

Advent, after all, is not Christmas. Of course not everyone feels that way.

A Facebook friend of mine early last Advent commented something to the effect, "It's starting to look a lot like Advent and Christmas around here." I rashly responded reminding him that Advent and Christmas are not the same. In a more rational moment I later removed the comment. I am not, as my spiritual director pointed out to me, the Advent police.

So I will work to observe Advent as a time of waiting and expectation. If others want to get into the Christmas music now that we're past Thanksgiving, I'm going to do my best not to judge. But that may take some effort on my part, so no promises.

Advent, I will try to not keep repeating, is not Christmas.

 


One Comment on “the Advent season”

  1. Boston Pobble says:

    Growing up, my parents managed to balance their children’s desire for Christmas to start RIGHTNOWRIGHTNOWRIGHTNOW with Advent beautifully. Once I grew up and was (Christian) keeping the holidays myself, I tried to keep them separated the same way. It is a balancing act, with a consumerist society that sees Advent as a way to sell more, and a religion that says “Quiet now, be patient…He’s coming…” It’s refreshing to know there are Christians out there who strive to separate the two.
    Of course, even now that I am no longer a Christian and my religion and faith are totally removed from my enjoyment of the secular Christmas celebrations, I still try to wait until after Thanksgiving. One thing at a time, please. 🙂


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