Yes the supermarkets and shops have all their Advent Calenders, Christmas Cards and Decorations out for sale. Sad in many ways as the weeks leading directly to Christmas are so special in the Christian world. We can get so exposed and used to seeing Christmas stuff all around us that by the time the real Christmas arrives we can be tired of it all. The danger of the commercial robbing us of the spiritual is very real. To help with this the Lectio pages for the 4 Sunday Gospels of Advent are worth reading and praying along with. In the coming weeks I will add more resources below. You can also check the back posts for November each year for other resources for Advent and Christmas. Take care.
Advent Lectio 2015 Page with Gospel and refections for each Sunday.
Advent_2015_Lectio_Resource-1 Inter diocesan resource for 4 Sundays of Advent 2015.
Blessing and Prayers for Advent Wreath
AN ADVENT CAROL SERVICE (St Ciarans)
Christmas Carol Service St Joseph’s Donaghmore
Some video explanations of Advent.
Not quite sure about the relationship between Advent and Christmas? Check out Busted Halo’s two-minute video that describes why we celebrate Advent and wait to celebrate Christmas.
The season approaches. Get in the spirit. Banish the anxiety and embrace the preparation. Let’s celebrate together the Advent
Advent is a time of waiting, hope, and anticipation. We pray that this video will help you understand the meaning of Advent as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and look forward to a second advent, when Jesus comes again. Explore the story of our Savior and God’s plan for us. May you have a blessed Advent as you wait for Him.