“In the 6th century, the Celtic Christians celebrated Advent during the 40 days before Christmas, as a mirror to the period of Lent before Easter. In this age of blurring of holy-days and consumerism, I like the idea of starting Advent earlier, so that Thanksgiving is included, but also so there can be a longer, more intentional preparation for Christ’s coming.” “Celtic Advent”‘
Even though all of us who attended an Episcopal Church started Advent last week, Christine and I always get an early start 40 days before Christmas. For us this connection to the Celtic Christian tradition began many years ago when we celebrated a portion of our honeymoon on Iona…one of the centers of Celtic spirituality.
Tom Sine www.newchangemakers.com