Walter Russell Mead pens two fantastic essays (on his blog Via Media, on the American Interest website) regarding Advent that are well worth reading.
” Today is the first of the four Sundays in Advent, the beginning of the Christian year and the start also of a season in which many Christians will try to prepare themselves for the great feast to come….”
“This is the one time of year when I’m ready to declare war on Christmas myself. It’s impossible to venture into a store without Christmas music and Christmas displays. Christmas catalogs are over stuffing mailboxes all over the land…”