Start Your Advent Calendars
Advent is a very special time for Christians around the world. It is a time to reflect on the year that has passed and to prepare for the festive season ahead. The word “advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “arrival.” The first day of advent is typically celebrated on December 1st and is considered to be the start of the new liturgical year. Christians believe that Jesus was born to save humanity from sin. The first day is a day of hope and anticipation as they await the coming of Christ. However, the origins of Advent are somewhat shrouded in mystery. The most popular theory is that it was first celebrated in the 4th century, although there is some evidence that it may have originated even earlier. Regardless of its exact origins, Advent has come to be seen as a special time of year.
Traditionally, this is the time of fasting and prayer, and many Christians will give up certain foods or activities during this period. Advent is celebrated with special prayers, Bible readings, and holiday activities. On the first day, Christians around the world light the first candle on their Advent wreath. This candle symbolizes hope, and each subsequent Sunday another candle is lit until all four candles are burning on Christmas Eve. The lighting of the candles is a reminder that God is with us always, even in the darkest of times.
There’s a special Advent Calendar which helps in counting down the days until Christmas. Many people also enjoy decorating their homes with wreaths, and some give advent gifts to their loved ones. Whatever your religious beliefs, advent is the time to prepare for the winter holidays and festivities and celebrate with friends and family.
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