Have you noticed how the Christmas season seems to arrive earlier every year? A recent UK study of internet traffic seemed to confirm this trend: People start thinking about Christmas earlier each year, as early as late August these days. (Of course, now that the season really has arrived, you probably feel behind schedule!)
It's easy to be cynical, that this is all driven by the hyper-commercialization of Christmas. But maybe there's something deeper here. Perhaps we all yearn for something special at Christmas — warmth and joy and happy family memories. Of course, deep down, what humanity really longs for is a Savior. Our culture obscures this point, yet the universal desire for Jesus remains. We ache for His redemption.
That’s why many Christians have long observed the season of Advent. It’s a time of anticipation and preparation, a time of celebration of Jesus’ coming. Advent is meant to awaken in us a deep yearning for the Messiah — to help us recognize our sinful condition and understand how He comes to free us.
As our culture strays from the real message of Christmas, the tradition of Advent can serve to counter our human tendency to cheapen what is sacred and refocus our attention on Jesus.
Coloring book and devotions
In 2016, we offered a free Advent download called "All the Colors of Christmas." Now this amazing download is a product for purchase. In this special All the Colors of Christmas Advent coloring book and devotional, you’ll be able to color and create a family keepsake to treasure for years to come. The All the Colors of Christmas coloring book includes:
• Richly detailed coloring pages
• 28 days of faith-filled activities
• 28 days of Scripture readings
• An Advent calendar Christmas tree
• 28 peel-and-stick ornaments
Access this year's new Advent calendar, along with a few of our Advent calendars from previous years.