It makes me sad that even Christians would view the beautiful season of Advent as though it were a threat to their fun, and as though Advent were somehow devoid of Christ and His peace. Part of me rankles at being viewed as a "Scrooge" for rejoicing in the comforting Word of the Gospel that is particular to Advent Tide, but mainly it saddens me that so many people miss out on that proclamation altogether. One gets the impression, at times, that it is simply impossible to celebrate the coming of Christ without evergreen trees, electric lights, parties and pastries and shopping binges. I wonder how anyone manages to "celebrate" the Resurrection of our Lord, then, without such trees and trappings. Apparently it is only some of the seasons of the Church Year that are preferably boycotted, to whatever extent possible.
Ah, well, whatever. I really don't mind too much what people choose to do in their own homes; and of course the world is going to go it's own way, in any case. We Christians live in the joyous freedom of the Gospel, and every blessed child of God is welcome to do whatever will best confess his or her faith and life in Christ. Mainly I grow weary of being scolded every year, both for what I do (and choose not to do), and for things that don't even remotely reflect what I actually think or say or do. I guess I should be used to it by now.
It is amazing, though, isn't it, how those who can't wait to start celebrating "Christmas" as early as possible, can't wait to be done with it by the time the holy season actually begins.
As though anything other than the Word of God makes any day anything other than what it is.