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When I was a child, the only recognition our family gave to Advent was an Advent calendar, which appeared on Dec. 1 along with our family’s daily devotions (Bible-reading, brief meditation and prayer). We usually recycled the calendar year after year (my mother was a frugal sort, and besides, we were living in Africa where such things were not easily obtained), but since we only saw it once a year, we were always eager to see what would be behind each tiny paper door.

This Sunday is the last of this year’s Advent season, but I’m amused to find on-line versions of Advent calendars, such as this one. For a child, though, I don’t think cyber-clicks can replace opening actual little windows and doors. Happy Christmas to all.