By VINCE LUECKE
Once upon a time I used to devise all sorts of ways to count down the days until Christmas. I was that eager to wrap up a semester of school and welcome Santa and his presents under the tree.
The real longing began in church, usually the weekend after Thanksgiving, with the lighting of the first Advent candle at church.
An evergreen wreath with four candles was placed in the front of the congregation and each week, another candle was lit, leading up to the weekend before Christmas.