Advent is a wonderful time of reflection, reconciliation and preparation. As this time of year can become so busy with parties, shopping and stress, the church calls us in for a time of meditation on the wonderful gift the world received there in bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. This is the birth of our lord Jesus Christ. it also helps us as christians to abstain from the world's definition of christmas, as we focus on that precious bundle of joy who came into to the world to save all of mankind. This doesn't mean that we have to turn down that work christmas party, or turn our noses up to Kris Kringle (he is still making his list), but it means that during advent, we keep christ and the true meaning of Christmas in our hearts and on our minds throughout the season.