Many churches jump straight from Thanksgiving into singing Christmas carols, but Advent should not be skipped over. Advent is a sacred season of preparation, repentance, and hope as we await both Christ’s first and second coming. Christmas carols are premature before Christ’s birth on December 25. Worship leaders should spend Advent singing songs that cry out for God’s renewal and yearn for His return. Then on Christmas Eve, joyfully pull out all the stops with celebrating Jesus’ incarnation. Don’t lose sight of the deeply spiritual journey we walk from Advent longing to Christmas rejoicing. Thoughtful attention to themes and song choices enriches our worship in December.