Advent may seem strange to those new to faith in Christ. Even some lifelong disciples of Jesus would prefer to jump from Thanksgiving into a prolonged Christmas season.

What value could there be holding off on the Ho-Ho-Ho'ing for period of preparation?

The irony is that kind of spiritual joy, healing and hope that stays with us in any season following holidays often breaks in at times when the only thing we need to prepare is a place in our schedules for God to enter into our awareness.

What are your Advent plans?