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We hear the word ‘advent’ quite a lot every December – usually attached to the word ‘calendar’ and with the promise of chocolate attached! But what does one have to do with the other?

Advent is the first season in the church year. It is the period of time immediately before Christmas when Christians get ready to celebrate Jesus’ birth. It begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends with Christmas Day itself. The word ‘advent’ means ‘coming’: it is a period to reflect on God’s coming to earth. During this time Christians remember when God came 2000 years ago in the person of Jesus, but also to look forward to the time when He will come again.

Over time, many traditions have sprung up around the advent season. Churches have always ‘dressed’ for advent, lighting candles each Sunday in preparation for the final candle representing Jesus, light of the world, which is lit on Christmas Day to celebrate his arrival. In the early 20th century, the first advent calendars were created as a way to look forward to the celebration of Christmas. And as each day unfolds in advent, Christians are challenged to reflect on God’s old promise to come and rescue His people, and think again about what Jesus Emmanuel, ‘God with us’, really means to them.

In this section, you can journey through the Christmas story a day at a time with our ‘Advent Adventures’ or learn more about how churches prepare for Christmas. Can you find out how many candles are on an advent wreath, and what they represent?

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Advent Articles

Believer’s Blog: Advent

"What advent means to me."

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Believer’s Blog: Advent

"What advent means to me."

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In this guest blog, Rachel explains what makes advent such a special time for her. “Christmas seems to get earlier every year. This year, I noticed the Christmas range on the shelves of my local supermarket on November 1st. It was as if the manager […]

Advent Calendars

Where did they start and how can an advent calendar with a difference be used?

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Advent Calendars

Where did they start and how can an advent calendar with a difference be used?

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One December a mother cut a cake into 24 pieces and put them onto a piece of cardboard. Her little boy got to eat one piece each day until Christmas.That little boy grew up to be a printer. He always remembered what his mother had […]

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How do Christians prepare for Christmas?

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The Christmas season begins four Sundays before Christmas Day with Advent. Advent means ‘coming’. Christians prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth as a baby in the weeks that lead up to Christmas. They also remember that he will return as king and judge. Many Advent customs […]