Did you see all the Christmas stuff in the stores before Halloween?
They get earlier and earlier every year.
It’s not even Thanksgiving and stores are already promoting pre-black Friday sales.
At the risk of adding to the pre-Thanksgiving Christmas hype … I’m going to talk about Christmas now too.
But hear me out … I have a good reason.
Once December gets here, our spare time is quickly filled with all the activities leading up to Christmas like holiday decorating, shopping, wrapping presents, cooking, and parties. Followed by more shopping, wrapping, cooking, and celebrating.
It can be overwhelming and stressful.
More importantly, it can take away from our time to prepare for the coming of our Lord. That’s what we should be doing during Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas.
Advent begins this year on December 1st.
The best way to ensure we get the most joy out of Christmas is to take the time now to prepare for our Advent preparation.
This week’s Genuflect looks at ways to plan your Advent to get the most out of it. Things you can do every day, how to plan a liturgical Advent, specific prayers for Advent, the meaning of each week in Advent, an Advent Calendar, and what it’s really all about.
So plan your Advent now. Otherwise, you risk Christmas day arriving and all you’ll have accomplished is decorating, shopping, wrapping, and cooking. And you’ll miss out on the real joy.
Founding Editor, Genuflect
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9 Ways to Live Advent Season Well
Advent is supposed to be a sacred time of preparation, but this can be difficult in our modern and materialistic culture. The key is a healthy balance … and advance planning. Here are 9 simple ideas you can plan now to help you keep Advent sacred and celebratory.
Anticipating Advent: 9 Ways to Live The Season Well | National Catholic Register
Make This Advent Season Easier in Under 10 Minutes a Day
Rather than give in to the stress of the holidays, put together a plan of attack to ensure you have time for what matters to really prepare your heart for the birth of our Lord. Here are 5 things you can do to help plan for a joyous Christmas.
Living Liturgically During Advent
If the holiday season tends to burn you out before Christmas arrives, consider doing it differently this year. Lisa Kirk recommends focusing on the liturgical calendar during Advent and leaving some of the celebrations for Christmas day. She offers 6 tips for a liturgically focused Advent.
Living Liturgically During Advent | Blessed Is She
3 Reasons Why The Rosary is The Perfect Prayer For Advent
There are lots of ways to prepare our heart and mind for the coming of Jesus, but perhaps the best way is with prayer that leads us to Christ through Mary. Here are 3 reasons to include the Rosary in your Advent preparation.
Pray This Advent Novena Beginning Nov. 30
St. Andrew’s Feast day is November 30th and it’s typically when praying this Advent Novena begins. It will help keep you focused on the true meaning of Christmas and prepare your heart for His coming. Mark you calendar now and set a daily reminder.
Advent Novena | Catholic News Agency
The Special Meaning of Each of The Four Sundays of Advent
Each week during Advent takes on special meaning as we prepare our heart and mind for Jesus’ birth. As shown in this creative infographic, the Advent Wreath is a beautiful reminder of the hope, faith, joy, and peace of the Advent season … and is the perfect way to stay focused on our own preparation.
Advent in 2 Minutes
To get the most out of the coming Advent season, it helps to be reminded of what it’s all about. This creative video offers an entertaining look at the joy of Advent and will get you properly motivated.
Advent in 2 Minutes | Busted Halo
Advent Calendar 2019
Here is the official 2019 Advent Calendar created by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The PDF download is available in English and Spanish and every day you’ll find a tip, reflection, or suggestion to enhance your Advent season.
Advent 2019 – December 1-25 | US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Advent Reminds us to Always be Ready For Christ
Though we typically think of Advent as preparing for the birth of Jesus, it’s also a time to prepare for His second coming. Jaime L. Waters reminds us that we don’t know when the end will come so we must always be ready and see Christ in those around us.
Advent Crossword Puzzle
If you enjoy a good crossword puzzle like I do, check out this Advent puzzle. Or share it with a child as a fun way to reinforce the true meaning of the Advent season.
Advent Crossword Puzzle | Catholic Mom
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