Advent is not Christmas, regardless of what Target and Carson’s is selling. In the secular world, the line between the two liturgical seasons is blurred. That line is blurred for many Catholics, as well. It is tempting to put up the Christmas tree and play Christmas music as soon as Thanksgiving is over. The practice of Christmas feels like Advent is just the precursor to Christmas, and December 25th is the pinnacle of that celebration. However, Advent is not supposed to be “celebrated” the way Christmas is. It is a penitential season,......