The fbb Advent Calendar
Two of the Gospel writers have no Christmas story. One, Mark, starts with John the Baptist as the announcer or forerunner "preparing the way of the Lord".
John's Gospel does start with Jesus but not with a cattle shed, shepherds or wise men.
He starts with Light!
The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.
Many people of the day through that John the Baptist ...
... might be the Messiah, the Saviour. But John not-the-Baptist was quite sure that Jesus (he calls him "The Word") was the real McCoy.
This was the real light - the light that comes into the world and shines on all people.
For the ancients, Light was seen as utterly necessary for mankind's existence. It still is!
So John not-the-Baptist is anxious that his readers should understand that, in a deeper and more "spiritual" way, we all still need the Light of Jesus is a dark and troubled world.
We sing about it lustily ...