I know that most of us are busy preparing for the holidays, or going on with our usual adulting routines, but I'm hoping that you would spend some time reading this, as I really want to share my thoughts with you. Consider this a breath of fresh air in your otherwise toxic social media feed.
My writing skills are really rusty; you can't imagine how may times I've rewritten the paragraphs above. Oy vey.
So, what do I want to talk about right now?
Let's start off by looking up fun facts about the season of Advent. This website caught my interest, and from what I understand:
- Advent is traditionally known as "little Lent," where followers would practice the three pillars of Lent (i.e. fasting/ abstinence, prayer and charity) in preparation for the coming of (baby) Jesus. Note that fasting and abstinence is no longer obligatory for Advent
- Ideally, one should go about the season as solemnly as in Lent, refraining from feasts and celebrations until Christmas Day. Christmas decorations should be put up only on Christmas Eve, with the Advent Wreath serving as the only "decoration" for the season
- Traditions and rituals aside, the main purpose of Advent is to mentally and spiritually prepare Catholics for the coming of Jesus, who was prophesied to bring peace to the world.
As supplementary to the fun facts above, I would like to share this video, which explains the Biblical meaning of Peace (i.e. Shalom):