Advent is to Christmas as Lent is to Easter. That is, Advent and Lent are both penitential seasons–times to look at our lives under the Law, sober times of repentance and discipline that serve as preparation for the glorious celebrations of the Gospel that are the festivals of the Incarnation and the Resurrection of our Lord.
As our pastor put it in his sermon yesterday, this is out of synch with everyone else:
While the world is jumping into Christmas with both feet, the church says “wait.” While the world cries “joy!” the church cries “repent!” And while the world feasts, the church fasts.
But there is, indeed, Advent joy. Click the link for what that entails.