“Advent” comes from the Latin word meaning “coming”. Advent is a season of waiting for Jesus’ birth and preparing for his arrival. Advent starts four Sundays before Christmas, and there are changes that happen around the church. An Advent wreath is often displayed in the sanctuary, and each week we light a candle to remember the different pieces and people who are part of the Christmas story–the prophets, the Holy Family, Mary, and the Magi.
We often put up greenery and other decorations around the church, all in preparation for Jesus!
Advent is often forgotten as we are rushing around, buying presents for friends and family, fitting in Christmas parties and gatherings, and finishing up school projects and finals before break! We secretly hope our parents get everything off of our Christmas wish list, and our excitement builds as we see the presents multiplying under the tree.
If we were honest with ourselves, we are probably more excited to tear into our presents on Christmas morning than we are to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. How often do we forget that Christmas exists because Jesus was born!? It’s HIS birthday and yet we’re the ones getting presents.
So, what are you waiting for this Christmas? Are you waiting to open presents? Or, waiting for Jesus’ birth? Think about it 🙂