Worst Ever Advent “Devotion”Posted: December 19, 2010
Now, Advent calendars are one thing. I like Advent calendars. I’ve always liked Advent calendars. Ever since I was a kid I’ve liked Advent calendars. Sure they don’t actually coincide with the season of Advent — there are usually a few days of Advent that go unnoticed and unrecognized in November since all Advent calendars start December 1st. But at least they get people excited about the holy countdown to the 25th.
But this product is wrong in so many ways. The idea is that after stringing your ” edible Advent garland” you eat chocolate for the “12 days of Christmas.” It says right on the package “Hang it up and let the countdown begin December 13th.” The problem, of course, is that the 12 days of Christmas begin on December 25th, they don’t end on Christmas Day. No one’s bringing out the partridge in a pear tree on December 13th!
This is precisely where the sacred and secular celebrations of Christmas diverge. For retailers and most of America, Christmas is over the moment the last present is unwrapped. For Christians, the season of hope and joy is just beginning. The 12 days of Christmas culminate with the Epiphany as the Wise Men finally make it to the manger on January 6th.
I’m not sure who makes this thing. But if you see it, please don’t buy it. We don’t need to encourage this sort of yuletide misinformation. The last thing we need is someone writing a song about the “12 Days of Advent.” The other one is bad enough — by far my least favorite Christmas carol (think seasonal version of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall).
In any case, continued blessings to all during these waning days of Advent.