The economic health of our communities and the health of our myriad enterprises depend on a robust Advent season, which is launched in thankfulness (in Harvest and Thanksgiving, not to mention Black Friday) and filled with charitable joy, sharing our God-given abundance.

At the same time, it is a season that pumps up the gross revenue, so far be it from me to criticize “Jingle Bells” on our radios and televisions or in our stores. But when is it that Advent actually begins and ends?