Liturgically, it is not even "the most wonderful time of the year." That is reserved for Easter, when our salvation was secured. Even so, it is such a counter-cultural two fortnights.
There will be plenty of green to be seen. But for now, purple with a touch of rose is the current fashion.
Tonight begins Advent. Tonight begins the preparation for the birth of our Savior. Tonight begins hope renewed.
Preparation. Anticipation. Celebration.
In that order.
Let us join St. John the Baptist: "Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths."