Advent is a season that begins four Sundays before Christmas and lasts until the Sunday closest to Christmas. Advent is a season of waiting and preparation, marking the coming of Jesus’ birth to us and the coming of the Holy Spirit to us. It’s a time to prepare ourselves spiritually for the celebration of Christmas.Advent is traditionally marked by several days of fasting, known as the Advent Fast, which begins on December 2 and ends on December 17. Prayer, reading Scripture, and performing small acts of mercy are all helpful spiritual practices during Advent.Along with prayer and fasting, Advent is also a time for singing Advent songs. The following are some suggestions for Advent music: ‘Advent Bells’ by Mary Jane Cleaver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSyTv0yArHg ‘Silent Night’ by Thomas Morri: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK2v4Ow4Kec ‘Joy to the World’ by Joseph O’Connor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_pwLfYxtnM ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ by David Nevue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYJunzIpfjU ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ by Gabrielle Aplin and Dickon Hinchliffe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV2rkC1Oqlc
How do you explain Advent to a 4 year old?
With the advent of summer, there is a lot of excitement in our household. The first thing that you see is the beautiful and colourful leaves which are falling one by one from the trees. Then there are loud noises of marching band and sound of balloons being released which makes the atmosphere more festive. The next moment, you can see firecrackers being lit up and children running away with fear of getting burn. Finally, we can see Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations which will last for next few days and make this season more colourful.In order to explain Advent to a 4 year old child, it will be more easier if you show them what it looks like. You can buy those cute little characters like elves and snowman in the market with all those decorations. Use them to explain what do elves do and what do they want? With their help, you can also make all those Christmas presents on your TV screen, in front of the child’s eyes. We may not understand what this is but as long as we have some catchy images that he can see, it will be good enough to understand that these things are just coming into our life now because it’s Christmas time.Lastly, always respect your child’s intelligence and don’t force him to understand things too fast. Remember he was born this year so he knows a lot more than us but we can show him tips and tricks how to make this time even more special for him by showing him what is happening in his life right now. So take any help from Santa or elves but still us parents should know how much our kids are understanding!
What is Advent in the Catholic Church for kids?
Advent is a season in the life of the Church that begins on December 16 (the Immovable Feast of Saint Elizabeth) and lasts until Christmas. There are two parts to Advent: the Liturgical season of Advent and the season of Waiting for Christmas.The Liturgical Season of Advent begins with the Solemnity of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 25. The liturgical events of Advent include: Solemn Vespers are held on December 16, 18, and 20, and are solemn thanksgivings for all of creation and for the fruits of the earth that we have to share with others. The four First Fruits are blessed on December 16, 18, and 20, as well as on Christmas Eve. These are small containers full of dried fruit that have been blessed for use in Holy Mass during this Liturgical Season. They will be placed on our altars throughout the liturgical season. The first fruit is an offering that is blessed