The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas.
- Do the Advent wreath with your family or friends. If you don’t have one, you will need the following: a wreath, a round candle holder that holds four candles, and four candles (three violet candles and one pink). Put it all together and each week light a candle. You can find prayers and reflections for each week here: http://www.ewtn.com/advent/
- Make time for quiet. Advent can become a hectic time with Christmas shopping and gatherings. Because Advent is a time of waiting and preparing, make sure to make time for quiet periods to refocus yourself on spiritual preparation and anticipation of the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
- Go to Confession. To truly allow Jesus to into your heart this Christmas, you’ve got to make room. In the sacrament of Confession, we are given an opportunity to do just that. If you haven’t been to Confession in a while, make the time to go. If you need to find a church, go here: https://fwdioc.org/parish-finder
- Resolve to give something up. Typically, we give up something for Lent, but consider doing it for Advent. Making an Advent resolution to give up something can allow us to grow in our relationship with Jesus.
- Go to Mass. Obviously, Catholics should always go to Mass on Sunday, but think about attending daily Mass a couple times throughout the week. This will make Advent even more special.
- Break out the Bible. Saint Jerome said, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” We can all do more prayerful reading of the bible. If it’s been a while since you’ve read from the bible, Advent is a great time to begin again.
- Don’t forget the kids. Advent calendars are a great way to engage kids as they count down the days until Christmas. You can make your own or buy one at Catholic Stores, Mardel's or Amazon.