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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.
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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