"Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). If Christmas Eve is a Sunday, it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas Eve proper beginning at sundown."
Never knew that. Laura, my daughter, just remined me today to get her Advent Calendar, (well, two actually
), before Wednesday. Countdown to Christmas indeed!
"Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing."
Why just at Advent, I wonder?