Pauline Pritchard, pastor of Douglas Gulch Presbyterian Church
The Christmas season has become so predictable these days. We see the first signs of the season sometime in mid-October with a Christmas-themed commercial. And then the talking heads begin to cite signs of the perennial so-called “War on Christmas” shortly after. By November we are in a huge debate about which corporation or government institution has now crossed the line in their malevolent attempt to strip Christmas from the culture.
Right after Halloween is when Hallmark and Lifetime begin their two months long Christmas movie marathon, which I admit I have to restrain myself from jumping in headlong, but I usually wait until Thanksgiving evening.
The first signs of Christmas lights are seen in our neighborhoods the weekend before Thanksgiving. Got to get them up before the Puddlegulch Thanksgiving Day Parade to qualify for the “Spirit of the Christmas Possum” home decoration competition.
And then we are on full-on media alert for the true holiday for much of America: Black Friday, which in Puddlegulch we call “Trampled Possum Friday”. Rather than Santa landing on rooftops and sliding down chimneys, hundreds of savings-thirsty Puddlegulchians stampede through the town square where several papier mache possums are laid out in front of the downtown storefronts for the ceremonial “Trampling of the Possums” (each filled with red licorice for the kiddies).
But then for some of us things get a little weird. Or it must seem weird for much of Puddlegulch.
We Christians of the liturgical variety go to church the first Sunday after Thanksgiving and the pastor reads a confusing passage about the end of times. And a season, most of the world has thankfully left untouched begins: Advent. A mysterious season, celebrated with songs in minor keys.
Advent stands today as a quiet protest of the insanity of this time of year. In advent we prepare, not with shopping, Christmas parties, or possum tramplings but with reflection on the final coming of Christ, when persons with color vision deficiency (CVD) will be treated with respect and equality.
Rev.* Pauline Pritchard
*The religion editor wishes to express that the use of the title reverend in this case does not represent the views of this here Bible follower.