The time before Christmas is Advent, a season of preparation for Christmas. Christians prepare for celebrating the birth of Jesus by remembering the longing of the Jews for a Messiah.
In Advent, we’re reminded of how much we ourselves also need a Savior, and we look forward to our Savior’s second coming even as we prepare to celebrate his first coming at Christmas.
The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means coming or visit. In the season of this name, we keep in mind both “advents” of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come.
How to Celebrate Advent
Advent begins the Fourth Sunday before Christmas and culminates on Christmas. During this time, many churches display a wreath of evergreens and candles, lighting the appropriate candles while reading Scripture each Sunday and on Christmas.
But, the Advent season is also an excellent time to make a particular effort to remember Christ individually or as a family. This site is meant to facilitate that by posting daily Bible readings that will take you from readings in the book of Genesis, the beginning, through the birth of Jesus and prophesies of His coming return and our time with Him eternally.