Besides, I'm looking at it in a positive light: a side benefit of Christmas - in addition to the general wonderful-ness of the season - is that you won’t have to look at abominable Advent altars for another year!
A reader sent in this photo of the altar at his parish:
We were told that the stump (they called it a tree) represents Our Lord, and the branches are his people. I don't know what the tags represent. The first Sunday of Advent the stump showed up. The second Sunday it had the tags on it with no explanation.
He went looking for the answer, though, and discovered that the tags on the stump were decorations made by the school children; maybe they are just decorations and nothing more, with no other significance?! No,wait! I think maybe they are the "leaves" on the tree...
My correspondent adds:
I hope yesterday was the last day I have to look at it. This is something that should have been kept at the school and not in front of the altar.
Here's the "big picture":