Purple also is the color of a bruising. It is the color of the opposite spectrum of royalty; the bruised, the battered and the suffering. While sometimes people jump into the celebration of Christmas perhaps they miss out on what the Advent of Christmas is about. In the ancient world many were bruised and battered. The Hebrews escaped the slavery of Egypt, they were assaulted by the Assyrians, exiled, and then oppressed by the Romans. The messiah they awaited was one who would deliver them from their misfortunes and deliver them back to the serene, prosperious peace they knew under King David. I wonder how many times folks take part in and enjoy the spectacle of Christmas with all its festive padgentry whithout realizing all that Christmas day really means.