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November 30, 2007

When Bah Humbug Turns to Ho Hum

Adventcandles Joseph Bottum over at First Things has an excellent piece in the just-released December issue called The End of Advent. Here's a bit of it:

Christmas has devoured Advent, gobbled it up with the turkey giblets and the goblets of seasonal ale.

Every secularized holiday tends to lose the context it had in the liturgical year. Across the nation, even in many churches, Easter has hopped across Lent, Halloween has frightened away All Saints, and New Year’s has drunk up Epiphany. Still, the disappearance of Advent seems especially disturbing–for it’s injured even the secular Christmas season: opening a hole, from Thanksgiving on, that can be filled only with fiercer, madder, and wilder attempts to anticipate Christmas.

To read the full article, you'll need a subscription. But it is truly worth the read.

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