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Contrary to the secular developed Western nations' habits, the season of Christmas in the Christian calendar does not start until 24th December! The earlier part of December, the bulk of the month, is the season of Advent - one of my most favourite seasons for it is a time of expectation and preparation!
Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas (27th November this year) and is the time when we prepare for the coming of Jesus, not so much as a baby, but as a King!
But let not the fact that we so easily follow the secular world by bringing out our Christmas decorations as early as they do from stopping us from engaging with the true themes of Advent which are focused upon the requirement for the followers of Jesus to be ready to receive him in this world at this time. (...more)