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Happy Thanksgiving (you might think that is an odd way to being an article about Advent, but stick with me…)! Whether or not you are planning on attending a meal with lots of other people, or just having a quiet dinner by yourself, Thanksgiving invites us to draw our attention to what we are thankful for. While Thanksgiving is not really a part of our liturgical calendar, I have always felt like it was an appropriate unofficial beginning to the season of Advent. I particularly like that the holiday’s name “Thanksgiving” leaves you with a sense of what it is for. Unfortunately, “Advent” is a title which lacks the same kind of clarity. In the Church, Advent is a time of preparation for the Feast of Christmas. The season of Advent is a time to think more intentionally about what it means to be a Christian person in the world and gratitude is certainly a big part of that. For some reason, this is a liturgical season that really captures people’s imaginations and as a result there are LOTS of great ideas about how to mark the season: