Advent, traditions and an update on a TSOG ‘classic’

Well, here we are. Advent started yesterday, and now begins the Church’s second-biggest countdown of the year. If you’re like me, you are a bit amazed to find that it’s that time already. It’s a little humorous, given that the Advent fast always comes on exactly the same day every year — no need to look up ‘date of Christmas’ on the internet like you do with Pascha. How is it that…

It’s beginning to look a lot like …

The Advent season begins today, and not a moment too soon, eh? I had complained in past years about what the buying market does to Christmas — I think every Christian does. In my lifetime, I’ve seen the itchy sales pitches go from being background noise that started after Thanksgiving to being a truly obnoxious drumbeat that starts five minutes after Halloween night. “What, are you going to just SIT there, eating…