Who does not know that? The same thing every year. In Advent, the contemplation creeps out from behind the stove. But is it really so, or is it not the impending joy of the coming Christmas, the birth of the Redeemer?
The birth of the one who will show us that there is another way. That with a little less selfishness, a little less 'wanting to have', to look a little more outside the box, to commit a little more to a slightly better world and to share it with others who have less than ourselves?
I think that for many of the thoughts about the religious reason and the joy associated with the impending birth of Jesus, it has moved into the background today. All the outer signs seem to be more important, such as an atmospheric Christmas decoration and the associated many lights that visibly illuminate this dark season.
There is nothing wrong with that, because apparently these little lights show their effect in that they may shine right into the heart and warm it up.
Or how else can it be explained that the willingness to donate is greatest in the run-up to Christmas? That the poorest of the poor are thought of in this dark season and many like to give their mites to alleviate the plight of our world.
In this way, people can be reached for whom the actual Christmas thought has moved into the background.