Every year Christmas–or the “Holiday season”–seems to become more of a racket and less of a celebration of one of the central mysteries of the Christian faith. This is, I suppose, not an issue for people who are not Christians. But Christians are endangered by it, in this sense: We only get so many years–so many Advents and Christmases–to meditate on the faith and to try deepen our understanding of and love for God. So if we don’t take positive steps to make Advent and Christmas a religious experience, we are in danger of getting caught up in the rush and missing out on what could be a much more profound experience. With this in mind, here are some things we might consider doing to make Advent a holy season.