What is Advent?
Each year, we celebrate Advent. Advent refers to the “coming” or “arrival” of Jesus Christ and it’s a time when we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christmas and the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. It varies from 22 to 28 days and ends with Christmas Eve. Many families continue their celebration by lighting the center or Christ candle on Christmas Day.
What does it mean to prepare our hearts for Christmas?
It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of buying gifts, decorating, and visiting with family and friends. None of these things are bad, but we don’t ever want to forget the reason we celebrate Christmas – Jesus’ birth. Advent reminds us to slow down and to spend time in worship and praise to God. Advent is a time of waiting, expectation, and longing. As we wait for Christmas, gather together with those around you to know and experience the presence of Christ.
“Glory to God in the highest!”