Luke 1:78-79 :Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” NLT
|one of my Advent “wreaths”|
As I began my quest to understand Advent, I found that while there are many way to celebrate it, there is only one meaning for it. The word Advent means “coming”. The season of Advent is the time when we prepare for the coming of Christ or the Nativity (remember…the birth of Christ). The actual celebration of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas (I know, I am a little behind with this blog but it’s easy to catch up), ending on the final day of celebration, Christmas Eve.
|our nativity scene outside|
|A house in our neighborhood|
Sometimes, in this crazy world, we are made to feel guilty for loving the “trappings” of Christmas. Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, the gifts,the lights, the tree, the silly songs. (who in their right mind would want a hippopotamus for Christmas) Personally, I would not want to give up all those things. They are part of what makes Christmas magical. I am, without a doubt, the world’s biggest Christmas “trappings” lover. I would go out every night, looking at lights, playing Christmas carols, buying Starbucks eggnog latte. (again, it’s my magic Christmas, not yours) I love seeing the lines of giggling children waiting to see Santa, listening to the music playing in every store, looking at the beautiful tinsel and garlands that decorate practically every light pole in our city. The key is to not let these “trappings” cover up the meaning of Christmas. There is a way to have balance in your celebrations.
Tomorrow let’s get into ways we can celebrate the Advent. I was amazed at the creative ways we can incorporate this tradition back into our lives. Together let’s bring hope, joy, peace, and love back into our homes, into our families, into our world. Our most wonderful Abba did not make us to grinch our way through the Christmas holidays being mad at the world. Psalm 139:14 reminds us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” in order that we might share His love with everyone, living a life of praise to Him. Show the world how blessed we are as we celebrate His coming to earth to save us all.