We need to show by example how to celebrate Advent AND THEN Christmas.
This has been on my mind a lot, especially since I left home ... a while ago, let's say.
It was especially hard when I had young children.
From Scott P. Richert's blog:
In other words, what is often called "the Christmas shopping season" has become, in many people's minds, the Christmas season. And then the real Christmas season, which runs from Christmas Eve until Epiphany, simply becomes preparation for the New Year.
But anticipating Christmas in this way not only deemphasizes Advent; it dilutes Christmas, too. So those who are worried about the War on Christmas should also take up arms (metaphorically, of course) to defend Advent.