For many years I’ve been a firm believer that the sooner the Christmas decorations go up, the less special the Christmas holiday feels and becomes. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and all the arbitrary yet “seasonally appropriate” colors, flavors, smells, and traditions. But I prefer to savor each ‘holiday season’ rather than giving in to the hyper-capitalism that encourages us to rush through each one to make it to Christmas.
For many, Christmas will come as a welcome relief from the social, political and environmental challenges that have occurred this year. For others, the holiday season itself brings fear and discomfort. In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Frodo experiences similar anxiety when facing the uncertainty that lies ahead in life. His success story is a little reminder of hope in this Advent season.