There’s a 50/50 chance that upon reading the title of this post a corner of your upper lip curled and you immediately set about performing your best Elvis impersonation. We all do it, just admit it and move on. It’s such a novelty of a song because it stands in such stark contrast to most of our favorite Christmas music. After all, Christmas is the “holly jolly” holiday where everything is merry and bright and along comes this crooner lamenting the absence of a girl at Christmastime. How does that jibe with "Merry Christmas!" as it’s delivered with an exclamation and/or ear-to-ear smile just to ensure every ounce of fruit-caked fueled merriment translates to the recipient of said greeting? To some people that is the "spirit" of Christmas: to be jolly at all times.
But, sometimes, if we're being honest, it's just hard to manufacture that level of joy, even during Christmas. But the truth is this: you don’t have to.
I know, at this point you've been to Walmart, or wherever, and lamented the present reality that Christmas is already knocking at our doors. Even before Halloween, you probably noticed pre-lit trees going up along a few scantly staged aisles of decor featuring snowmen and elven-like characters. Yes, my friends, Christmas is right around the corner. So before it's here and you're caught unprepared, deer-in-headlights mode fully engaged... please, hear me: prepare yourself for the season of Advent now. To do this, we're going to have to step away from music and Sunday morning.
So, what is Advent? If you've been in a church long enough, you've probably heard that term tossed around more than a few times. There might even have been a wreath with candles and someone reading a piece of scripture involved. If you're still unsure of what Advent is, it's okay, you're not alone. Let's dig into the meaning of Advent from a high altitude.