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Advent Begins

Light the first candle and fill your hearts with love as Advent Begins, welcoming the joyous season of peace, hope, and anticipation!
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Let the joy and anticipation fill the air as Advent Begins on December 3! This special day marks the start of the Advent season in the Christian calendar, a time of excited anticipation and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The tradition of Advent has been celebrated since the 4th century, with the lighting of the first of four candles symbolizing the light of hope that the Messiah brings into the world. This is a season of love, hope, and joy that encourages us to slow down and reflect on the profound mystery of Christmas. So let's welcome the Advent season, and let its hopeful spirit carry us towards Christmas!

History of Advent Begins

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>300s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origins of Advent</div><div class='timeline-text'>Advent originated in the fourth century as a period of fast, leading up to Christmas, established by the Church.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1100s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Advent Wreath</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the Middle Ages, Germanic Christians introduce the Advent wreath, marking the countdown to Christmas with weekly candle lighting.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1851</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Concept of Advent Calendar</div><div class='timeline-text'>Gerhard Lang of Germany is credited with creating the first printed Advent calendar, based on his mother's handmade version from his childhood.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1908</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mass Production of Calendars</div><div class='timeline-text'>Mass-produced Advent calendars begin circulation, a custom that eventually spreads globally and becomes firmly ingrained in Christmas traditions.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1966</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Popularity in USA</div><div class='timeline-text'>Advent celebrations and customs gain widespread recognition and popularity in the United States, enhancing the period of preparation and anticipation for Christmas.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Variety of Advent Calendars</div><div class='timeline-text'>The tradition of the Advent calendar evolves beyond chocolate to include different gifts, toys, and even adult versions featuring items such as wine and beauty products.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Advent Begins

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Create a homemade Advent Calendar</h3><p class='facts-text'>Nothing spells anticipation like counting down the days to Christmas. Get creative and make a homemade Advent calendar. You can hide little treats or inspirational quotes for each day following Advent Begins.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Prepare an Advent wreath</h3><p class='facts-text'>An Advent wreath, with four candles signifying hope, love, joy and peace can be a core part of your decoration. Each Sunday leading to Christmas, light one candle and take few moments to reflect on its meaning.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Compose a daily prayer or reflection</h3><p class='facts-text'>Each day of advent, spend some time in reflection or prayer in the morning or evening hours. Write down your thoughts or prayers in a special advent journal.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Organize a charity drive</h3><p class='facts-text'>Christian tradition emphasizes charity and good deeds during the Advent season. Organize a local charity drive or participate in one to spread the spirit of giving and love.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host an Advent-themed gathering</h3><p class='facts-text'>Invite friends or family over to share in the joyous anticipation. You can cook advent-themed meals, have meaningful discussions, sing carols or pray together. This can serve as a delightful kick-off to the season's festivities.</p></div></div>

Why Advent Begins is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It marks the beginning of the Christmas season</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Advent Begins is a celebration that officially kicks off the Christmas season. It's a time of joyous anticipation as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The start of this season always brings a festive mood that ignites a sense of happiness and excitement in our hearts.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It symbolizes hope, peace, and love</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The Advent season is gated by lighting candles that symbolize hope, love, joy, and peace. These symbolisms remind us of the essential virtues in life, and their presence in this tradition infuses a spiritual purpose that we can all relate to in the anticipation of Christmas.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages reflection and charity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Advent Begins provides an opportunity to engage in meaningful reflection and prayer while also promoting deeds of charity. It's a season that encourages us not only to look forward to festivities and celebrations but also to give back to our communities and reflect on our spiritual growth.</p></div></div>

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