3 Reasons I Love Advent

Each month I host a link-up entitled “3 Reasons I Love Catholicism.”  I love hosting this link-up so much, and reading everyone’s take on Catholicism.  We’re all different but there are some truly inspiring things about our faith.  It feels good to share those things with each other and the world.

This month I decided to take a different spin on it.  Advent is my very very favorite time of the liturgical year, and I really wanted to focus on that.  I hope to see lots of blogger links this month, so be sure to check back every few days between now and December 24th for more Advent loveliness.

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Kairos

The Latin word kairos means “a time out of time,” or “holy time.”  (It contrasts with chronos, which means “ordinary time.”)  Advent is the liturgical time of year that most represents the philosophy of kairos to me personally.  When I think of Advent, I think of candles lighting darkness.  I think of living in that very moment.  Advent is the perfect antidote for the poisonous cacophony of the holiday shopping season.  It’s an invitiation stronger than any other to keep Christ in Christmas.  I share more about this idea at my new Catholic Exchange article titled “The Advent of a Mother’s Heart.”

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Traditions

I’m not very good at keeping traditions in our family in general, but through my love for Advent, Kevin and I have cultivated some really special Advent traditions.  Ours include Advent picture books, a Jesse Tree (this year we participated in an ornament exchange and ohmygoodness are they wonderful), an Advent wreath around which we sing this song every evening at dinner:

and a new one for this year (thanks to my incredible in-laws, A Cradle to Cross Wreath:

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UPDATE: Click here to see photos of our Advent traditions.

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Anticipation

Right, I know what I said up in number ~1~.  But I don’t think living in the moment and anticipation are necessarily mutually exclusive.  The time of Advent is special and holy because it is the anticipation of the birth of our Savior.  A moment suspended does not necessarily separate it from that which comes before and after.   In the article I mentioned above, I talk about how a mother knows how special – and yes, holy – it can be to wait for a child.  Advent is that time for us Christians.

3 Reasons Advent

More Advent links you may enjoy:

The Advent of a Mother’s Heart – my new article at Catholic Exchange

Advent Booklist – some of the picture books we read during Advent (from last year)

Five Favorites, Advent Edition – some goodies!

Okay, now it’s your turn!  What are your 3 favorite things about Advent? Share with me in the comments section below, or in your own blog post and link it up here.  Be sure to check back every few days for more Advent awesomeness.  The link will remain open until Christmas Eve.

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Comments

  1. Love your 3 reasons why….fantastic post.
    I’m getting one ready to link in a day or two. I think it’s a beautiful way to reflect on the season. :)

    Wanted to tell you that I mention your series in my post on advent linky love and etc for advent prep…hope that is okay with you.
    http://campfiresandcleats.blogspot.com/2013/11/7-quick-takes-112913-advent-prep-linky.html

    Enjoy this Thanksgiving/ advent weekend, friend!

    Take care~
    Chris recently posted…7 Quick Takes 11/29/13: Advent Prep, Linky Love, Awesome Gift Resources, My Giveaway, A Real Leader from the 80s, Bloggy Fun & MoreMy Profile

  2. Thanks for this link-up Micaela! Love your article in Catholic Lane!
    Anne Bender recently posted…Three Reasons I Love AdventMy Profile

  3. Although we celebrated Advent as non-Catholic christians when our children were little, we’ve been without kids in the house for over 20 years, most of those as non-Catholics in churches where Advent wasn’t highlighted. All this is to say that unfortunately I don’t have any treasures in my bag to pull out and share this month, but I’m hoping to come to a deeper understanding of Advent through your linkup this month. BTW, as we drove past Monrovia on our way to Santa Barbara, I thought of you all and prayed for you. Maybe sometime we can actually stop to say HI on our way past your town and you can become an IRL friend!
    Anna recently posted…Checking in before ThanksgivingMy Profile

  4. This is beautiful- advent is the perfect antidote to the poisonous cocophany- so very true.
    Rebekah Es recently posted…Real Barefoot Beach RunMy Profile

  5. We used to sing that song in grammar school!!! Total memory bringer-backer!!

    I got myself linked up! Thanks, Micaela!
    Mary @ Better Than Eden recently posted…Three ReasonsMy Profile

  6. I found your post through Campfire and Cleats. Thank you for hosting this linky!
    Missy @ Dot-to-Dot Connections recently posted…Lapbooking Our Way Through Little House in the Big WoodsMy Profile

  7. I’m so glad you’re hosting this, Micaela! Sorry I keep deleting and reattaching my link. I can’t get the thumbnail to work. Maybe this time…
    Catherine recently posted…Advent–3 Reasons to love it, with booksMy Profile

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