Have you noticed how commercialized Christmas has become? Some think that Christmas is about finding the best tree, having the brightest lit house on the block, and the big jolly man who comes down chimneys to give us presents. What about Advent? Have they forgotten that there is a time to prepare for the coming of Christ, not for the coming of Santa? What does Advent mean anyway? What’s with the wreath? Have you ever stopped to ask yourself any of these questions? If not, hopefully this blog entry will help you understand why Christmas isn’t only about presents, cookies, and trees, there’s something more magical that surrounds us on Christmas. The birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
The idea of Advent, which means “coming” or “arrival” is for people to prepare for the birth of Jesus. During Advent we are celebrating the truth that God has given us Jesus, His only Son, so that we may be saved. Advent is also another reminder for us to live our lives as stewards of the Lord.
The Advent wreath is a well known symbol of the season. Have you noticed that the decor at Christmas time is usually some type of evergreen? The evergreen has been chosen because it signifies everlasting life, who knew everlasting life better than Jesus, the one person who this season is celebrating? The circular wreath reminds us that Gods love is eternal, never ending. There are four candles on the wreath which sybolize our waiting period, there are four Sundays of Advent, each Sunday we light another candle, when all four candles are lit the waiting period is over. The flame symbolizes the light of God coming forth into the world, He is here to bring newness, and hope.
So you see, there is so much more to the holiday season than just finding a good sale, and sending out greeting cards. Christmas would not be what it is today without the birth of little baby Jesus in the manger over 2000 years ago. Let’s do our best to do as the saying goes, “Keep Christ in Christmas”.