I fear that this is a little like King Canute ordering the tide not to come in..., but here are two pieces that regret that the season of Advent has been swallowed up by Christmas: carols being sung even before Thanksgiving, the trees up and decorated weeks before the feast (and coming down right after it). I wont mention those who think the twelve days of Christmas are counted off before the feast, with some confusing them with the last days of shopping before!The bishop of Salt Lake City devoted a pastoral letter to Advent. And USA Today published an article on the debate about Advent and Christmas in which Kathy Pluth is quoted.Is your Christmas tree up already?

Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

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