Preparing for Advent

My favorite time of the year is Christmas, and as I learn more about the church year, I realize that Advent is my favorite church season.  From Wikipedia:

Advent (from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”) is a season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus; in other words, the period immediately before Christmas.

The Small OneSince Advent begins tomorrow, I’m preparing for it this weekend. Some of my favorite Advent activities include:

  • Making an Advent wreath and lighting it throughout the season (we’re doing this tomorrow after the church service).
  • Listening to Christmas music from the church (current favorite: Christmas with the Tallis Scholars)
  • Watching the old Disney cartoon, The Small One.  I watched this as a child, and now as an adult it makes me cry!

This year I am also going to make an effort to work through an Advent specific devotional.  I’ve done this in the past, but I’d love to get back into the habit.  I’ve chosen Love Came Down: Anglican Readings for Advent and Christmas for this year’s readings!  What are some Advent traditions that you honor every year?

For more Advent celebrations, check out the Third Annual Advent Carnival!

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