I love the Advent season. And not just because of the gifts, though as a child that was a fun part of it. Now, I love finding and making gifts that friends and family will like, decorating the tree and house, and listening to the music. The whole season fills me with a sense of peace and a gentle sense of anticipation of what’s to come.
And isn’t that what Advent is really about? Anticipating what’s to come. Specifically, the Savior. All of the decorations are fun and even meaningful. But their purpose (for me) is to heighten the sense of anticipation that Advent has about it.
The people of the Old Testament waited eagerly for their Savior. The early Christians waited eagerly for Christ to return. And we wait, as they did, for the same.
O come, O come, Emmanuel.