"In these days when Christmas is not celebrated as a holiday(a holy day) but a season of consumption from late October through early January, it’s easy to be crushed under the Christmas rush without stopping to consider the season of Advent.
The evangelist writes that John the Baptized announced this time of waiting, of looking-forward, of pointing towards Jesus.
There was a man sent from God,whose name was John.He came as a witness to testify to the light,so that all might believe through him.He himself was not the light,but he came to testify to the light. (John 1:6-8)
John wasn’t the sort of soul who would celebrate Christmas from Thanksgiving forward, he pointed, he witnessed, he testified to the light still to come. John may have cried, “repent,” or “prepare,” and today might even exclaim “Happy Advent” if he were in a good mood, but John the Baptist would never wish a pre-mature Merry Christmas."
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