With the holiday season quickly approaching, you may be seeing the word "Advent" flying around! Is this some weird tradition that super-Christians celebrate to fight back against Christmas? Not quite. Is it something only super-spiritual or rigidly orthodox Christian partake in to shame the nominals? Not at all! Let's take a look at Advent and see how you could benefit from making it a part of your life this Christmas season.
What is Advent?
Advent is a season for Christians to anticipate the celebration of Jesus' birth with scripture reading, prayer, singing, family worship, and more. For Christians worldwide, it is the first holiday in the Christian calendar and begins four Sundays before Christmas. Advent 2018 is from December 2, 2018 to December 24th. Many churches celebrate the final day of Advent with a midnight candlelight service of scripture reading, hymn singing, and celebrating the birth of Jesus.
4 Reasons To Celebrate Advent This Year
If this is your first time hearing about Advent, you may be wondering why you should make it a part of your life. Here are four ways Advent could be a blessing to your soul:
Over the coming weeks, I plan to highlight some helpful Advent resources and themes to incorporate during Advent 2018. I also plan to provide you with a personalized reading guide with short devotions and questions that will be helpful for personal quiet times or family worship.
Will you and your family be participating in Advent this year?
How will you and your family anticipate the celebration of Christ's first coming?
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Chrys Jones is a Christian, husband, father of three, pastor, and teacher. He is also a recording artist and producer for Christcentric Records and a book briefer for Accelerate Books. In his free time, Chrys loves to spend time with his family, roast coffee, read good books, and listen to beat tapes and jazz.