This article was originally published by The Mennonite

An Advent playlist

Truth be told, Advent—the liturgical season of waiting prior to Christmas—is one of my favorite times of the church year. I love that the season encourages us to sit with questions and doubt and to be comfortable with waiting. And I love that it overlaps with the winter solstice: the spirit of advent seems to mirror the deepening and darkening of the days. And I love that Advent is tinged with anticipation: that we’re waiting with excitement for the not-yet-here in-breaking of God-in-our-midst.

So given all of this, I often find myself annoyed when churches skip too quickly past Advent hymns and jump right into Christmas music. I get it. The coming of Christ at Christmas is certainly a high point in the Christian year. And Christmas songs, by and large, are more singable than advent tunes, often written in minor keys and with a slower tempo.

But Advent is full of wonderful music just waiting to be sung and played. So, this year, we give you a playlist for Advent, perfect for listening to in this liminal space before Christmas.

Be sure to visit our site throughout Advent for daily devotionals beginning Sunday Nov. 29. 

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