An Online Advent Calendar

Advent Sunday in Vaxholm's church 2008

Photo: Bengt Nyman (CC BY-SA 2.0)

There are two Christmas seasons: the secular one that begins on the day after Thanksgiving and the liturgical one that begins on Christmas Day. There are also—at least recently—two Advent seasons.

Secular Advent—that is the season of preparation for secular Christmas—begins around the middle of October, resulting in incongruous combinations of Halloween and Christmas themes like this:

Manger with Zombies

A Shoebox Card from Hallmark

Liturgical Advent—that is, Western Christianity’s season of preparation for Christmas—begins tonight as Vespers, anticipatory masses, and evening services are celebrated in churches following a western liturgical tradition.

Censing the congregation at Advent Vespers

Solemn Advent Vespers: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Greenville SC (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Advent begins tonight on this blog as well, and the celebration continues until Christmas with an online Advent calendar. Each day, I will post a graphic similar to the one below linked to a musical treat (via YouTube).

December 1

Each day’s selection is based on the liturgical theme of the day. I hope you enjoy them all and that you have a blessed Advent.

Advent calendar graphics by Oh My Gluestick. They are intended for personal use only and may not be used commercially.

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