November 25, 2013

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Even before Halloween jack-o-lanterns were carved, retailers were advertising the joys of Christmas gift-giving on TV.

And soon radio stations will be playing Christmas music, some of them nonstop, through Christmas Day.

“In a sense we’ve done this backwards,” said Vicky Tufano, general editor for Liturgy Training Publications.

“We put up the Christmas tree four weeks before Christmas, and we throw it out the next day” after Christmas.

It requires some intentional work by families and parishes, to keep the intent of Advent intact, Tufano told Catholic News Service.

Christmas, she said, “gets closer and it starts earlier and earlier.”