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Advent is derived from the Latin word 'adventus'. The word 'advent' means, the 'coming' or 'arrival'. Advent is the arrival of a notable person or thing.

The liturgical period proceeding Christmas beginning in western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in mid- November in Eastern churches. Simply a period of time before Christmas, making preparation for the coming of Christ. During Advent, Christians across the world prepare for the celebration of the arrival of the Lord into the world through the birth of his son Jesus Christ. The beginning of Advent is the day people get their Christmas spirit. People planned for their Christmas menu, gifts wrapped, carols sung, Christmas cards are send to loved ones, houses and Christmas tree decorated.

Advent calendar

An advent calendar is a poster or card with twenty four small doors, one to be opened each day from December first. The origin of the advent calendar can be found from 19th century. In the early years it was made by hand work. little pictures were hang up in Christian people's houses one for each day in December. Some families draw chalk strokes on the door, one per day until Christmas Eve. The Austrian Landesmuseum is giving the year 1903 as the year of the first printed Advent calendar. In 1904 an Advent calendar was inserted in the newspaper 'Neus Tagblatt Stuttgart'. As a gift for their readers.

Nowadays varieties of Advent calendar in the market. Children all over the world clamouring for them as December approached. Some of the calendar printed with lovely Bible verses appropriate to the Advent period.

Christmas means 'Joy'. Understanding the real meaning of this Joy is important. God coming to us to share our humanity. This joy can be experienced by all members of the family, what ever their age, what ever their level of spirituality.

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Comment by Adaline Bala on January 25, 2016 at 21:24

Dear Mr. ModaWay, Thank you so much for taking your time reading, liking and comment. I really appreciate that.

Comment by Adaline Bala on December 20, 2015 at 12:04

Dear Robbie, Thank you for taking your time reading and liking the blog. I appreciate that. Wish you a Merry Christmas too! God bless you!


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Comment by Robbie on December 20, 2015 at 11:01

Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent. The homily of the priest for today's dawn mass focused about prayers and what we can do to strengthen it. It may be as simple as taking an effort to help ourselves. Have a blessed Christmas season, Adaline! :)

Comment by Adaline Bala on November 28, 2015 at 17:30

Dear Jp-Tp, Thanks for reading and liking. I appreciate that.

Comment by Adaline Bala on November 28, 2015 at 17:28

Dear Alice, Thank you so much for reading and liking. Yes, Alice let's share the love, God given to us

Comment by Adaline Bala on November 28, 2015 at 17:25

Dear Elen, Thank you so much for reading and liking the blog. I appreciate that. Yes Christmas is the nice season of the year

Comment by Alice E. on November 28, 2015 at 3:52

Love this blog!  Christmas is my favorite time of the year!  The real boon of this season is the gift of Love given to us and I hope we are able to share that because the world truly needs Love.  Thank you for this! :)

Comment by Elen on November 24, 2015 at 18:53

Nice, i didn't know about the calendar history. I remember that in the past, people started to wait for Christmas from December but nowadays they start to decorate with Christmas decoration from the middle of November. And also the advertisements in tv influence the people. It is all about market as you say. Anyway it is a very nice climate.

Comment by Adaline Bala on November 23, 2015 at 19:43

Dear Sanny, Thank you so much for liking the blog.

Comment by Adaline Bala on November 23, 2015 at 19:43

Dear Dara, Nice to know about your plan for Christmas period. Thank you for taking your time reading I appreciate that.

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