You’d think after 10 years of Advent blogging I’d know a lot about the history of Advent. But I’m still learning new things! I just this year learned that the Celts celebrated Advent for 40 days, beginning on November 15, primarily focused on preparation for the Lord’s second coming.
The Contemplative Cottage blog has come up with a downloadable Advent Calendar which helps us focus on something to be thankful for everyday between now and Epiphany.
For each day, from November 15 until Epiphany, I’ve thought of one thing I can do to practice joy and gratitude, and to give love, putting it on a calendar that draws on ancient Advent and Christmas traditions.
In the 6th century, the Celtic Christians celebrated Advent during the 40 days before Christmas, as a mirror to the period of Lent before Easter. In this age of blurring of holy-days and consumerism, I like the idea of starting Advent earlier, so that Thanksgiving is included, but also so there can be a longer, more intentional preparation for Christ’s coming.