God is ignited in the true, the good, and the beautiful. Christmas lights, displays, trees and decorations are beautiful. Those decorations light up the cold, stark winter nights. It makes me smile to see the beauty around me. God rejoices in our joy. I am just fine if the beauty of the lights come out on Thanksgiving day. I think there should be just such beauty around more than once a year.In the Catholic tradition we should wait during the Advent season, reflecting on the coming of Christ, especially internally. Bishop Robert Barron says that an introduction and movement towards
Advent is important and to be honored in our hearts but that doesn’t mean you have to condemn those who decorate. They are sharing their joy of Christmas with us.