I don’t think there’s a time of the year when we are more focused on preparations than the Christmas season. We groan under the weight of baking, shopping, writing cards, wrapping, decorating, and all the things that go along with the season. And in the midst of all that hustle and bustle, there is this strange and annoying man in the Gospel—John the Baptist—telling us that there is yet one more preparation to be made. We need to prepare the way of the Lord. But how?