The End of Advent

Everyone needs to go read this right now.  If you don’t have time right now, come back when you have time.  Read it.  Digest it.  It’s really, really good, and really, really needed.

It’s what I’ve been trying to say for years now, but never as well as this.

Go read it and ponder these things in your heart.

HT Ed Eubanks


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2 Responses to The End of Advent

  1. RevJATB says:

    I was especially taken by his use of the story “Christmas Every Day,” except for his misuse of the word “crescendo.” AAARGH.

    Writers use that word all the time these days, but apparently not one of them has consulted a musician to find out what a crescendo is! They all use it as if the word meant “climax.” But a crescendo is not a climactic moment. A crescendo is a gradual increase in volume. It can lead to a climactic moment, but it is not the climactic moment itself.

    So, the entire Advent season could be thought of as a crescendo. A long, long, poco a poco crescendo worthy of Rossini.

  2. Cap'n Whook says:

    I like the Rossini cresc. analogy. And the 12 Days of Christmas should be like Beethoven’s codas tacked onto codas!

    I’m always struck with the large number of “Great American Songbook” or jazzy, secular Holiday songs that bombard us with “wish I/you were there/here” sentimentality. One must remember that show people were looked down upon by many, particularly in the South, in the 40s and 50s, and there was a certain humility to crooners staying out of “high church” music. Certain songs were conceived for (or later became associated with) movies, such as “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” that speak to separation and sadness during war. I don’t think that’s inappropriate, although it can be overemphasized.

    Someone told me (was it you?) that Pat Roberton had a piece about Advent wreaths on the “700 Club” last year. There does seem to be some reclaiming of this Christian tradition, along with more awareness of the 12 Days of Christmas, lately.

    I’m squeamish about Easter hopping across Lent and Epiphany into Christmas Pageants complete with crucifixion scenes. I realize that this is a powerful message for the unchurched, but . . .

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