Part of a series of occasional reflections over the weeks of Advent initially created with the hope of encouraging the reader to embrace keeping the season of Advent. Advent resources have continued to grow on the Emerging Scholars Network blog over the course of the past several years. Charlie Clauss’ tireless labors through the Keeping Advent Facebook GroupÂ have been a blessing to many individuals and families seeking after the Lord during this busy time of year. ~ Tom Grosh IV, Associate Director, Emerging Scholars Network, 11/22/2016
Here we are in Thanksgiving week. Turkeys are thawing. Cranberry ice is freezing. Grandmothers throughout the land are preparing for the loud, chaos-bringing arrival of grandchildren. And in countless department, toy, electronics, sports, and other stores, retailers are eagerly (if with some anxiety) awaiting the Friday after Thanksgiving, commonly known as â€œBlack Fridayâ€ (because they hope that the profits made that day will set them on the positive side of the accounting ledger).
Known to fewer people, the Sunday after Thanksgiving this year marks the beginning of the liturgical season of Advent. This is a season of waiting and preparing for Christmas. Advent runs through the four Sundays preceding Christmas (this year Advent is as long as it can be, with Christmas falling on a Sunday). November 27 will be the â€œFirst Sunday in Advent,â€ and each Sunday following being respectively the second, third, and fourth. Advent ends at sundown on December 24 â€“ Christmas Eve.
Why Bother with Advent?
Why should we bother with a thing like Advent? Christmas is the â€œreal dealâ€ â€“ God coming to us in Jesus. Shouldnâ€™t we just start celebrating Christmas just as soon as we can? There are several reasons.