Great Stuff — Forget The War On Christmas, The War On Advent Is Worse

A great post found by original BJS columnist Mollie Hemingway found over on excerpted below:


shutterstock_220418719-998x665I just received an email asking me to “save the date” for a “Christmas” party to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3. “Hi friends, get a jump start on your holiday planning with our Save the Date for the [redacted] Christmas party,” the email read. Attached was a card that read “sleigh bells will ring, JINGLE, JINGLE, JINGLE So let’s get together to MIX & MINGLE.”

Even though Advent is marked in this country by millions of Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians and many other Christians, it’s almost invisible in media coverage and cultural celebrations. And Christmas, in this country, “ends” on the day it begins for Christians, which makes things weird. The season after Christmas, by the way, is Epiphany. A traditional time of celebration was the night before Epiphany, the 12th night of the Christmas season. Perhaps you’ve heard of the play “Twelfth Night” by Señor William Shakespeare? There you go.

So if you really want to fight on the right side of the War on Christmas, you also have to fight on the right side of the War on Advent, OK? This will require something we’re very bad at in this country: a modicum of restraint and patience.

  1. Advent is for preparation. Christmas is for partying.
  2. If you’re going to throw a secular party about sleigh bells ringing, don’t bother calling it a Christmas party. Christmas parties celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the incarnate God.
  3. If you are going to host a “Christmas” party during Advent, be mindful that many traditional Christians go to Advent services on Wednesdays.
  4. Don’t buy Christmas decorations during the summer.

OK, so are we clear on all this? About how the “War on Christmas” can not be fought at the expense of the “War on Advent”? And that liturgical seasons are very cool ways to get the proper amount of preparation and contemplation before the big celebration? Great. Glad we got that settled.


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About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


Great Stuff — Forget The War On Christmas, The War On Advent Is Worse — 6 Comments

  1. The world outside the church doesn’t know what Advent is. Christmas advertising begins in August in some places; others will start playing “pop” songs associated with Christmas and decorating on the day after the half price sale of surplus Halloween candy.

    What’s more disturbing is the insistence of some inside the church to ignore Advent in favor of congregational “Christmas parties”… and schedule them for Wednesday night!

  2. I recently saw an advertisement for a Star Wars Advent Calendar for sale. I’m not sure how they explain that one.

  3. I really like when I go into all the stores and they have the beautiful trees up and decorated, all the twinkling lights, the presents under the trees, the music playing.
    Then I know that Halloween is just a few weeks away….

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