Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Advent?

"Advent" is a word every pastor and probably every person should know.

The only problem is that I'm a pastor and a person (I've met a lot of pastors and the latter is not necessarily a given...) and I didn't know exactly what advent was.

What's worse- we've had an advent tree the last 2 years.

Wikipedia to the rescue...

Advent (from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming") is a season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus; in other words, the period immediately before Christmas...

Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming. Christians believe that the season of Advent serves a dual reminder of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting that Christians today endure as they await the second coming of Christ.

The second section is money- I've never thought of Christmas as a celebration of the return of Christ (Latin "adventus" is the translation of Grk "parousia")

Here are some pictures from our Advent family devotions that we started December 1st and do until Christmas...

Our first one was a total disaster. The kids didn't listen to a word I said.
Here are the kids by the advent tree with all the symbols on it. We use the book "Family Celebrations" by Ann Hibbard (Click here for the book)

4 comments:

DebbyE said...

Mark, This calendar has been an on and off again tradition in our home since Sarah was 5 years old. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Anastasia said...

We've had requests for Advent books at the library lately and we don't seem to have too many--or they are buried in our Christmas section. Do you guys have any favorite picture books that explain Advent?

Grannyg said...

Mark, I have the Family Celebrations book and though late I am attempting to get it done tonight so we can use it the rest of the advent season, but my symbols do not have the colors marked on them, as the instrutions said they would. How did you pick the colors to use for each symbol?

Metropuritan Mark said...

Debby-
If I'm not mistaken, we started this tradition after you guys shared at D6. Your family is a model to us coming behind you!

Anastasia-
I haven't seen many Advent books, just the one we have. Sorry I'm not more help.

Grannyg-
I'm not sure. Our book had the color schemes in it. Hmm...