November 30, 2008

Advent is Here!

Yes it is here!

Advent. Our yearly time of preparation for the coming of the Savior.

Wreathes, Advent candles, Jesse trees, Christmas trees, special hymns and carols, Advent is a special time of the year. Over the course of the next four weeks, I will share stories and customs of Advent. I will also include links for further information.

My family loves the Advent wreath. We keep it on the dining room table and light the appropriate candles just before dinner each night. We like to say a little prayer, read a short Advent meditation, and then sing a verse of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. We also make a Jesse Tree.

For the last few years, we have had help keeping the Advent season. My children were in the children’s choir. They sang Advent and Christmas songs ALL day EVERY day. It was awesome! This year, however, the kids are not in choir. Scheduling conflicts prevented their participation. So we will have to really work on staying in the season this year. I plan on trying to incorporate evening prayer each night.

There is something else that I will be doing for Advent this year… an online Advent calendar. Sean, the “Ductapeguy” from the Catholic New Media Roundup, has organized a special media morsel for each day of Advent. Here is the promo for the Advent calendar:

So, what are you doing for Advent?

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