What is Advent?

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Many families are familiar with Advent Christmas countdowns as made popular by adorable daily calendars flooding our Pinterest feeds throughout the fall. But Advent has been observed for centuries, long before treat-filled houses with numbered doors or chocolate and toy companies offered a way for kids to count the days of December in anticipation of Christmas. Advent has become a fun, seasonal activity for kids but it’s so much more than that.

At Minno, we want to help you create meaningful shared experiences with your family and the Advent and Christmas season offer the perfect opportunity to do just that. As we share about Advent, we hope this insight will help you guide your kids to experience the true meaning of Christmas and the big love of Jesus this year.

What is Advent?

Anticipation. Expectant waiting. This is what Advent has always been and will always be about. 

Advent is a time period on the liturgical church calendar covering the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The four weeks of Advent represent a season of waiting and preparation in anticipation of Christ’s arrival. 

The Advent season is an opportunity to focus on Jesus and prepare our hearts to receive the gift of His love.

How is Advent observed?

Advent can be observed through a daily Advent calendar (much like those you may use), a weekly Advent candle lighting, and/or a daily or weekly Advent devotional or scripture reading.

Whatever activities you choose to participate in, it’s important to keep the focus on Christ and preparing your hearts to receive His gift.

There are various themes that can be highlighted each Sunday of Advent but the most common are:

Week 1: Hope

Week 2: Peace

Week 3: Joy

Week 4: Love

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Four Simple Ways to Celebrate Advent as a Family

1. Use our Minno Family Fun Guide which includes a daily Advent calendar that encourages meaningful shared experiences each day throughout December.

2. Watch Minno Church at Home each week to follow the traditional themes of each Advent Sunday: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

3. Start an Advent candle tradition in your family. Find an Advent wreath or another candle holder that holds 4-5 candles. Traditionally, weeks 1-2 (Hope, Peace) are purple, week 3 (Joy) is pink, week 4 (Love) is purple, and Christmas Day (optional) is white to represent the presence of Christ.

4. Follow a daily or weekly scripture reading. Our free Minno Laugh and Grow Bible Advent reading plan has both options.