One of the joys of the Christmas season is a group of TV specials that have been broadcast and re-broadcast since before Teddy Roosevelt was President. The longest running of the bunch is a stop-motion version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
The story is memorable for its atypical main characters (a reindeer with a glowing nose and Hermey, the elf who wants to be a dentist) and its supporting cast of off-beat minor characters (a train with square wheels on its caboose, a cowboy who rides an ostrich, a Charlie-in-the-box, etc.).
Even though we know the story and can sing most of the songs from memory (“Holly Jolly Christmas,” etc.), there’s something about its unusual characters that puts a face on the season and keeps us coming back year after year.
This Sunday’s readings introduce us to someone who puts a face on Advent, the original unusual character. More on this tomorrow.
Readings for Sunday: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120714.cfm