That means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some it is the season of preparation for Christmas. For others it is the Christmas season. That comes from the fact that some Christian denominations do not recognize or set aside the time of Advent.
I would reiterate what I wrote this time last year:
Advent is something of an unusual time. On the one hand it is the time of preparation for Christmas and the stories of the nativity, Joseph, Mary, Jesus’ birth and so forth. On the other hand, Advent is a time of reflection and hope for the second Advent, or the second coming of Christ. In that respect it is a time of not merely remembering Christmas, but looking forward in hope for the fully realized Kingdom of God.
December 6th is the Children's Pageant and December 20th is the Choir Cantata. We will also be having our Christmas Eve service on Thursday the 24th with a service of Holy Communion. And, like last year, we will also hold the special "Longest Night" service on December 21st, which I will talk more about later.
I will also be updating the post each week during the season of Advent with thoughts on the four aspects of the season for this year: peace, joy, hope, and love. So check back in each week during Advent.
Grace and Peace,