You may have heard of Advent (especially if you attended Bible study as a kid), but do you remember what Advent signals and how Christians celebrate this joyous time of year? If you know someone who recognizes the start of Advent and celebrates it each year, you may want to consider one of Current Catalog’s Christmas Advent calendars as a creative holiday gift they’ll really love. With a hanging Advent calendar from Current, your loved ones or friends can count down the days by hanging a new felt ornament on each passing day of Advent. This lovely hanging Advent calendar can be personalized with one line of lettering up to 20 characters and spaces. The set includes a calendar made of felt and 24 ornaments, each in a numbered pocket.
What is Advent?
Advent is actually the beginning of the Church Year for Christianity; it begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on December 24th. If Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, it’s counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve begins at sundown. The word “Advent” means “coming” or “arrival,” and the whole season of Advent celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his second Advent. Religious themes in church services during Advent focus on the coming of Christ, judgment of sin and the hope of eternal life. For Christians, Advent is a time of expectation, anticipation, preparation and longing. It is filled with hope that a Messiah will bring peace, justice and righteousness to this world. During the season of Advent, Christians long for the Lord to come to Earth.
You may be familiar with the Advent wreath, which signals the beginning of the season. The wreath, over the years, has become a very popular symbol of the beginning of the Church Year. The circularity of the wreath symbolizes that God has no end. The inner candle in the wreath symbolize the light of God and the birth of His son. The outer candles on the wreath represent the time of waiting during the four Advent Sundays.
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