The season of Advent, which we enter in December, is a period of watchful waiting in preparation for the Nativity of the Lord at Christmas. In this, as in so many things, the Church is counter-cultural. Some stores have been decorating for Christmas since before Halloween!
It is common during these weeks each year to hear references to “the real meaning of Christmas,” especially in movies and television programs. Depending on the production, this is variously depicted as. . . .