yes yes. We are supposed to celebrate Christmas only during Christmas. Advent is Advent; Christmas is Christmas...
ok. So what is this that I'm talking about?
We had the privilege of being educated with some theological nuggets by Fr. T at our last meeting. Apparently we are not supposed to have any celebrations or singing of Christmas carols during the period of Advent. Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of the Lord, not a time for celebrating His coming. It is a season of spiritual preparation, focusing on His coming. It is also the time for us to ponder the great mystery of the incarnation when our Lord humbled Himself, taking on our humanity, and entered our time and space to free us from sin. The four weeks also represents the 4,000 years from the time of Adam and Eve to the birth of our Saviour.
...well, this is just a little piece of information I have found. Fr. T had also rightly pointed out the meaning of Advent in his little anecdote about why we should only be celebrating Christmas during the season of Christmas.
Indeed, this is enlightening and somewhat akin to a paradigm shift. Because for many, the practice of having celebrations and singing carols before Christmas day has more or less become a tradition of sorts. To change this 'tradition', one would really need a mindset change.
So, as I have put it Christmas isn't Christmas till it's Christmas...
...for now, let us all focus on what we are called to do as a faithful during this season of Advent.