The advent of something refers to its first appearing. In our culture, Christmas has turned into the Christmas season. This year it started about a week before Halloween, and will run until December 25th. The “Holiday Season” will actually extend until January 1st. All of this “Christmas creep” has a quite a negative effect on Christmas.
If we are celebrating the incarnation of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day, the two-month Christmas season detracts from the actual day itself. I respond to the notion that our society stole Christmas from Christians and turn it into a secular holiday here. What I would like to do in this post is comment on a purely Christian tradition of celebrating Advent. Continue reading