everyone loves to countdown the days until Christmas. there are boxes filled with little doors hiding chocolates, Santa bags, wreaths, props, calenders, and more. just search pinterest and there is no short supply of ideas and products. but what is advent really about? could it be more than counting down the days until we get to open up all our presents?
the word Advent comes Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.” it is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ. for Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. the season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.
the Christmas season really is a season. we can prepare our hearts for the coming of the King. and gather with our loved ones to remember the true joy that comes from this season. the anticipation that is so much larger than any of the gifts we can open Christmas morning. a Savior, a King, a Father, a Lover who offers Hope, New Life, Forgiveness, Grace, and Redemption.
i love this Advent calendar from Naptime Diaries because it focuses on just that. while bringing joy, community, and beauty to your home. because they are in my Holiday Gift Guide you can use code OATSGIFTGUIDE2013 for 15% off your purchase of anything in their shop.