“All the Advent preparation in the world would not be enough unless God was favourably disposed to us in the first place.”
Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ.
Advent is a season of preparation. But not preparation for Christmas. Rather it is preparation for the whole year ahead, it’s preparation for everything that might be ahead. From the darkness we light candles of hope, love, joy and peace, culminating at Christmas with the Christ candle. If we prepare properly, find our moments of silence, opportunities to learn patience, chances to focus our spirits on God in Jesus then we find ourselves not simply ready for Christmas, but ready for all that God has for us.
Advent: December 2 - 16
Post-Advent: December 30 - January 6