You've heard of Lent? The weeks leading up to the celebration of Easter spent as a time of reflection and efforts to lead a better life?
Well, the weeks leading up to the celebration of Christmas are called Advent.
Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for Jesus's arrival — and not only the vulnerable baby Jesus in the manger, but also the formidable, powerful Jesus of the Second Coming.
(If you want a fancy word to show off at parties, you might like to try 'eschatalogical' — it means those things relating to the Second Coming and the end of the world.)
Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent.
The countdown begins...