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Happy (?) First Sunday of Advent!

Two quotes on Advent from the always-reliable Wikipedia:

Advent (from the Latin word advenio, meaning “to come”, “the coming of Christ our saviour”) is a holy season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ, also known outside the Church as the season of Christmas.

and

From the 4th century, the season was kept as a period of fasting as strict as that of Lent (commencing in some localities on 11 November; this being the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, the fast became known as “St. Martin’s Fast,” “St. Martin’s Lent” or “the forty days of St. Martin”).

Two resolutions: One, never again will I refer to this season as “the Christmas season.” Two, although I will probably not leap directly to keeping a 40-day fast, I will now proceed to think of the season of Advent as a time of penitential (yet still joyful) anticipation of Christmas Day.

By Elliot

Elliot was born in Michigan and raised in North Carolina. He has studied at Regent College and the University of Richmond, worked at newspapers in St. Petersburg and Los Angeles, taught ESL in eastern Europe, given tours in Alaska, and driven a school bus. Now he lives in western Washington and works as an editor at Lexham Press, the publishing arm of Faithlife Corporation.

3 replies on “Happy (?) First Sunday of Advent!”

Yes, yes it is. The classic, “Taxidermy Step By Step.” It’s a posed picture, though; I wasn’t actually reading it. I just found it in the teacher’s office while I was teaching in Prague, and thought it would be funny to have a picture of me reading it at my desk.

Also, on the wall to the right is a hedgehog postcard.

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