But today dawns the dreaded morning on which they shift to CHRISTMAS MUSIC. Really drives me nuts, in all honesty. The traditional Advent Season gives powerful preparation to the celebration of Christ's birth, God's Word made flesh (John 1:14). The prophetic messages and longing of Advent stir us up to give thanks for the Savior and to look for the Day when he comes again.
It really bugs me that so much of the Christian community bases its "liturgical year" on the shopping season. The shepherds were terrified by the angelic message - today they would just yawn and say, "Yeah, they've been playing that at the mall for a month."
I'll wander back to Christian Radio after Christmas sometime, but for now... rock 'n' roll! OK, here's a few positive things to check out:
USA Today reports on Evangelicals observing Advent (h/t TitusOneNine)
BabyBlue shares The Archbishop of Canterbury's beautiful Advent reflection (video)
Don't forget to look at the Advent resources at Lent & Beyond.