Advent can be celebrated and experienced in many ways but the most important thing to remember is that you are spiritually preparing for Christmas.
Setting up an Advent wreath and candles is a wonderful reminder of this preparation and full of significance. The circle of the evergreen wreath symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life we find in Christ. T
he four candles represent the four weeks of Advent, and one candle is lit each Sunday. Three of the candles are purple signifying a time of prayer, penance and sacrifice. The pink candle represents joy and the white candle placed in the center is for Christ, our sinless, pure Savior.
While the Advent wreath is a great reminder of our Christmas preparation, maybe there are other things we can do to purify our hearts and prepare us to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Face Forward has selected a challenge for every day of Advent from December 1-24. Encourage your friends and family to join in the challenge and see how many you can accomplish. You are sure to feel closer to Christ, ready to embrace the true meaning of Christmas and possibly start some new traditions.
Feel free to share some of your stories and experiences with us throughout the month!
December 1 – Make a list of 3 things for which you are grateful. Reflect on them and how they bring you joy.
December 2 – Send a note to someone who could use some cheering up.
December 3 – Invite a neighbor over for coffee or tea
December 4 – Take a few minutes to learn about the life of a saint who is unfamiliar to you. How can this saint serve as a role model for you?
December 5 – Carry a rosary with you as a reminder that miracles happen all around us and we are never alone. Pray the rosary instead of going onto your phone.
December 6 – Attend a Christmas concert or play.
December 7 – Adopt a needy family for the holidays.
December 8 – Pay for someone’s order at a coffee shop.
December 9 – Spend 10-15 minutes quietly reading scripture.
December 10 – Visit an elderly friend or stranger in a nursing home.
December 11 – Do a digital detox- no technology for the day.
December 12 – Leave a card or treat for your mail carrier.
December 13 – Invite someone to go to church or youth group with you.
December 14 – Bake Christmas cookies and give some away as a gesture of hospitality.
December 15 – Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food pantry.
December 16 – Offer forgiveness to someone in your life.
December 17 – Make a homemade gift for someone.
December 18 – Listen to liturgical holiday music and reflect on the lyrics.
December 19 – Give an extra generous tip to a server who did their best.
December 20 – Make a call to someone that you usually text.
December 21 – Read Mary’s Magnificat contained in Luke 1:46-55. Ask God to grant you the maturity of Our Lady.
December 22 – Take a winter walk or drive to admire the lights and reflect on the light of Christ inside of you.
December 23 – Write down something positive about every member of your family. Put them all in a jar and take turns reading them at dinner.
December 24 – Spend time reflecting on the reality that the baby born in a manger is the same one who was crucified and rose from the dead so that you could live. Meditate on the manger scene, with Jesus sleeping, Joseph protecting Him, and Mary calling you over to meet your Savior.