This ornament shows Jack Skellington, from the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” wearing a Santa Claus outfit. Jack is sitting on a large book, being held in the arms of an angel. This is an unusual ornament with which to start an Advent journey, I’ll admit, but I chose this ornament because it represents the truth of the human condition. It shows where we all start. Every one of us is like a skeleton, not fully enfleshed, not fully human, doomed to sin that leads to death. The angel herself appears to emphasize the inevitability of death, in that she looks like she belongs in a cemetery, watching over some gravestones.
But, there is hope! In fact, this hope has been foretold in that very book which the angel is holding.