Advent, which comes from the Latin word for "arrival" or "coming," is a period of preparation for the birth of our Lord. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and is the start of the Christmas season, which lasts through the Baptism of Our Lord. The first Sunday of Advent also marks the beginning of the liturgical year, the Church's "New Year's Day," at which time we change the cycle of readings we are using at Mass.
Read more at: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Advent/faqs.asp#whatis
As we are preparing our homes and hearts for the beginning of Advent, I was wondering what your family does to celebrate Advent...what arts and crafts ideas you have...what stories you tell...what songs you teach your kids....what websites you love...anything Advent related really.
Please share your family traditions here! Just click on "comments". I look forward to your inspiration.
Check out http://www.extravagantgrace.net/
Look for the picture of the advent wreath.
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