Advent refers to the appearing of something. During the season of Advent we prepare for the incarnation, for Jesus to appear as God with us. Each of the four Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas has a theme, such as Hope or Faith, and we light the candles of the Advent wreath. We light a candle for the Prophets, for shepherds, for angels and for Joseph and Mary.
If you are frustrated with the commercialization of Christmas, the focus on stuff, or concerned that your family is missing the point – or that you have been – then join us to celebrate Advent. We can hang lights and give presents while also taking time to focus on the most important gift ever given.