Advent is . ..Supposed to be


Advent is supposed to prepare us for the coming of Jesus, whose birth most Christians celebrate on December 25. The 17th century Puritans in England believed that Christmas had become a secular, commercial and materialistic celebration that had little or no connection to their Christian faith. Is our culture’s celebration of Christmas today any different from the Puritan view?

Passing one of the many “Christmas Stores “, a chain store that is open for shopping 12 months a year… hearing “Christmas” music such as “Winter Wonderland” and “Frosty the Snowman” in early November at the malls… and observing the chaos of Christmas shopping, all this makes me wonder… is this the type of Christmas preparation designed to make us think about the coming of Jesus and his teachings about the kingdom of God?

Is buying presents what Jesus meant when he said we should “ love the Lord your God and your neighbour as yourself”?

Do our culture’s Christmas celebrations distract us from the adult life and teachings of Jesus eg) that we will be tempted, suffer, and die…but that our loving God will always be with us. Do we remember that Jesus was both human (like all of us) and divine, that he was killed on Good Friday, but that death did not win.

Do we remember that Easter proves that as Jesus began a new life, so will we his followers also rise from the dead. Surely these are examples of the “…glad tidings of comfort and joy” that we should sing about when we remember the birth of Jesus.

Finally, as his followers, is it possible for us to tune down our culture’s commercial messages during Advent and Christmas, and remember the wonderful spiritual reasons why we celebrate the coming of Jesus?



Richard Grover is a retired history and religion teacher from St. Paul's High School in Winnipeg.

  • Barbara Lewis
    Posted at 07:48h, 20 December Reply

    Advent offers us food and shoes for our journey.
    Advent stalls our bustle for a more proper appreciation of the Holy Family.
    Advent equips us to warm wintered hearts.
    Advent ignites passion for sharing.
    I love your Advent series.
    Stopping to think…I stop and pray.
    This might be my last Christmas.

  • Larry Martell
    Posted at 13:57h, 20 December Reply

    Thanks Richard – questions we must all ask ourselves.

  • Esther Buckley
    Posted at 15:23h, 28 December Reply

    I believe the true meaning of Christmas is sometimes lost in the materialistic part of this special Holy Season .

Post A Comment

Subscribe to igNation

Subscribe to receive our latest articles delivered right to your inbox!