I found this blog entry that describes exactly how I feel about the way that the Advent season is disappearing as it becomes nothing more than the Christmas season for most of society and sometimes for Catholics.
From The Future of Advent:
For all of the talk of a “War on Christmas” over the last several years, the public celebration of Christmas seems to be doing just fine. That’s not to suggest that certain forces haven’t waged a War on Christmas, just that the public celebration of the holiday has proved rather resilient. Almost too resilient, in fact, since in the popular mind, the “Christmas season” begins earlier and earlier each year (despite the fact that the Christmas season really starts on Christmas Day itself).
That is why my friend Fr. John P. Mack, Jr., has said, “If you want to keep Christ in Christmas, keep Advent in Advent.”
Let us prepare ourselves for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ during this penitential season.
Dominus vobiscum, Reg.