I thought everyone would like to know the following:
“Advent is not the oldest season in the church. Easter, the Pasch or Passover, is far older, by at least two hundred years. In fact, the earliest mention of a period of preparation for Christmas didn’t exist until 490 in Gaul, what is now modern France.”
Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life. 63-63
There you have it. The French invented Advent. You’re welcome.