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Most Americans think Christmas is the period of time beginning Thanksgiving day and leading up to December 25. Not surprisingly, the economic system fervantly pushes that belief, and this "Christmas season" is the stores' most profitable time of the year.

But, for the Church, Christmas BEGINS on December 25 and lasts until January 12, the day of the Lord's Baptism. Advent is the four Sundays preceeding December 25. Advent doesn't signify the coming of profits! It signifies the Coming of Our Lord.