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Advent is a season of the liturgical year observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming. Advent is the beginning of the Western liturgical year.

         Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas.  Advent means 'Coming' in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas - "Jesus is the Reason for the Season".

        Advent reminds Christians of the sacred meaning of Christmas. Despite the secular preparations taking place, e.g. buying presents and going to parties, Advent reminds Christians to remember and prepare for the birth of Jesus. They may also attend carol services as part of Advent. 

        How do you prepare yourself during Advent?  Here are some examples and tips.

  1. Make, and take, time to think.

  2. Spend time with a Gospel.

  3. Support a good cause.  Find ways to help the needy.

  4. Rethink your social calendar.

  5. Decorate gradually.

  6. Reach out to neighbors.

  7. Spend more time with your family and your church community.

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