Christmas is a wonderful time yet a very mixed bag of tricks where many of us do not even know what we are doing or what Christmas is about, even Christians. However, I thought I would give some facts for the inquiring mind. 1. The 567 AD Council of Tours proclaimed Advent, a season from November 11 to December 24 characterized by the spirit of anticipating the birth of Christ. 2. Although the Orthodox Church still begins Advent on November 11, near 600 AD Pope Gregory Ist shortened the season to the four Sundays before Christmas. Later the requirements for fasting & abstention were relaxed, but Advent remains a season of spiritual preparation. During Advent the faithful were forbidden f

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