Every year it seems like the advertising and marketing for Christmas gets earlier and earlier. Typically the day after the light flickers out on your Halloween pumpkin, stores have swapped out fall decorations for Christmas displays and music. It is getting harder and harder to maintain a proper order to the seasons when Black Friday sales now start on November 1st.
To combat retailers trying to hyper-speed us toward celebrating Christmas a month and a half early, I do my best to celebrate the season of Advent.
In Western Christian churches, Advent is the beginning of the liturgical church year and starts on the Sunday four weeks prior to Christmas. Advent marks a period of waiting, hope and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.
While there is nothing wrong with getting a head start on Christmas shopping (Advent is about preparation after all), it is beneficial mentally, physically and spiritually to frequently take some quiet time to pause and reflect on the purpose of the upcoming season.
One method I use to help maintain the proper frame of mind and keep me focused on the Advent season is listening to Advent music. The music I choose is generally traditional English carols, Gregorian chants, and parts of Handel’s Messiah.
Below I have included some musical selection recommendations to help stave off the noisiness of retailers begging you for your last dollar before December 1st has arrived. I hope these musical selections help you decide to light an Advent candle, pause and spend some quiet time in prayer, reflection and renewal. Enjoy…
| ADVENT MUSIC SUGGESTIONS
This post contains affiliate links. If you click and purchase from the product links above I will receive a commission. All of these selections can be found on ITunes as well. As always, all recommendations and opinions are my own.
Is there a song that helps you regroup and focus on the meaning of the season? Tell me about it in the comments below.