Christmas means it’s time for bunch of TV specials that have been around since forever. The longest running one (still on TV and Netflix and…) is a stop-motion version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
The story is memorable if only for its unusual main characters - a reindeer with a glowing nose and an elf who wants to be a dentist. And its off-beat minor characters - a train with square wheels, a cowboy who rides an ostrich, a Charlie-in-the-box.
We know the story. We know the songs by heart - “Holly Jolly Christmas,” etc. But the unusual characters put a face on the season. And keep us coming back.
In the readings, we meet the face of Advent. Unlike the characters from the TV specials that are there for laughs, this one has a much deeper purpose. One that ties directly into last Sunday’s readings.
It’s time to meet the original unusual character.
More on this tomorrow.