Although it comes as late as it can this year, Advent is upon us. Some of us grew up observing it, while to others (including this childhood Baptist) it was even more foreign than Lent! Over the past twenty years, I have grown to love Advent as a season of preparation, although as a pastor I find it harder to practice it at home than at church, even when the church might prefer I make it the other way 'round.
Here are five questions about Advent for this first of December:
1) Do you observe Advent in your church?
2) How about at home?
3) Do you have a favorite Advent text or hymn?
4) Why is one of the candles in the Advent wreath pink? (You may tell the truth, but I'll like your answer better if it's funny.)
5) What's the funniest/kitschiest Advent calendar you've ever seen?
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EDITED TO ADD: The first two pink candle explanations I have seen are so funny that I am now offering a prize for the funniest of a handmade candle from my church's fair. Let that be your inspiration!