Narnia under the White Witch’s rule is described as “always winter, and never Christmas”. In our world at about this time of year, under the Mad Marketer’s rule, it’s “always Christmas, and never November.”
November is the time of damp dark when we have to imagine the twinkling lights to come. It’s good to stand in darkness and hope for light. Darkness shapes us as hopeful people and causes us to dig for that single seed of faith that will sustain us until the light dawns.
A world where it’s always Christmas and never November robs us of the anticipation of Advent and replaces it with a feeling dreamed up by a marketing department to sell more stuff. I love the magic of Santa, the mince pies (I do!), the annual bottle of Baileys. I love the first listen to the Christmas playlist and the choosing of the tree.
But let’s relish the delayed gratification of November. Let’s acknowledge the gloom in a spirit of hope and use it to renew our faith – faith that even when the dark seems to rule, the light will dawn.
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
*Only 25 sleeps till Advent!