With the holiday season nearly upon us, our thoughts have turned to holiday decorating, holiday party planning, holiday shopping and everything else holiday related. With everything that we have going on during the holiday season, it can be easy to forget just what the holidays are all about. One aspect of the holiday season that helps to remind of the fact that Christmas is about the birth of Christ and that it holds a strong religious significance for many people all over the world is Advent.
What Is Advent?
If you are unfamiliar with the term Advent or what it means, you are not alone. In fact, many people think of Advent as a holiday calendar filled with sweets and don’t give it a second thought. Let’s take a closer look at Advent, what it is and why Advent calendars are so popular.
Advent is defined as ‘the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas. Advent means 'Coming' in Latin and it signifies the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare for the celebration of this event and to remember the real meaning of Christmas.
Traditionally, there are three meanings of 'coming' that Christians describe in Advent. They include:
- When Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us.
- Now as Jesus wants to come into our lives now.
- When Jesus comes back to the world as King and Judge.
We count down Advent in many different ways including Advent candles, but the most common is through an Advent calendar. There are many types of Advent calendars used in different countries around the world. In the UK and USA, Advent calendars are typically made of paper or card and have 24 or 25 windows on them depending on the calendar. Children often open a window every day in December and a Christmas picture or bible verse is displayed underneath. Many Advent calendars also include sweets behind the doors.
Advent calendars have become increasingly popular as more and more families look for ways to introduce their children to the bible, Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas.
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