A fictional lady once visited the post office to buy 50 Christmas-themed stamps. “What denomination?” asked the clerk.
The woman sighed sadly and exclaimed, “Has it come to this? Give me six Catholic, 12 Presbyterian and 32 Baptist.”
We all make mistakes. As some have pointed out, I erred a week ago in my published column by prematurely announcing the start of the Christian season of Advent. Or did I? Eastern Orthodox churches began the season Nov. 15 this year, because they still follow the Julian calendar ― established by Roman emperor Julius Caesar in 46 BC ― instead of the Gregorian calendar of AD 1582 that we take for granted today.
However the four weeks of Advent traditionally launch on the fourth Sunday before Christmas for western Christian churches. That would be this Sunday. Perhaps my overeagerness for the season can be forgiven, especially in a nation that claims it is already Christmastime on Thanksgiving Day...