Today is the first Sunday of Advent. I love the juxtaposition of Autumn leaves and Christmas decorations in this photo I took in church this morning.
I am thankful to attend a church which observes Advent, the anticipatory time leading up to Christmas. I love the fact that we save the Christmas carols for Christmas Eve and Christmas Sunday, which falls on Christmas day this year, and instead sing the hymns of Advent in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Here is a favorite of mine which we sang this morning: