A Student of History

December 12, 2007

Advent has never turned a profit

Filed under: Simple Living — John Maass @ 5:36 pm

“When underpaid and underinsured cashiers sell you stuff you can’t afford to give to people who don’t really need it, much of it made in deplorable conditions overseas, they will be sure to wish you a ‘Merry Christmas’ instead of that sinister ‘Happy Holidays.'”

Is this the battle we really need to be fighting?  No says Carol Towarnicky, in her opinion column.  In a piece on the misguided “war” on Christmas, she also says that the focus on the 25th by businesses and reatilers is wrong.  “Too bad nobody noticed we were losing in the War on Advent. Then again, Advent has never turned a profit.  Old-timers may recall that, back when Christmas was a religious holiday, the four weeks of Advent was the time when many Christians prepared their hearts for the birth of Jesus. Back then, the first Sunday of Advent used to be the official beginning of the Christmas season – before it was replaced by another religious ritual, Black Friday.”

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