Reason for the Season

“Advent spirituality is not a time to mediate on the actual birth of Christ. According to the tradition, we ought not to sing Christmas carols until Christmas itself, for Advent is not a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the manger but a time to long for the coming of the Savior. The appropriate sense of this season is captured in the pleading of “O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.”
– Robert E. Webber