A reader pipes up:
You forgot to say, "Happy New Year."
We don't make a big fuss about this being our New Year. It's not like Chinese New Year or one of those other other than Jan. 1 New Year's things.
But it is indeed the beginning of the new year for the Church. Advent is the beginning of the calendar, which we use to align ourselves with the Life of Christ.
It always seemed to me that the calendar should start with Jesus' birthday, and while that makes sense, it doesn't really work, because we have so much to do to prepare. If Advent wasn't the beginning of the calendar year we'd be doing all of that outside of time, so to speak.
In any case...Happy New Year! Here we go!