I started celebrating advent a few years ago because I wanted to make Christmas more spiritual along with all the celebrating, gift giving and the parties that we would participate in. It is something that I really look forward to each year. I want to share how I feel about Advent with you...
I was thinking of this old hymn, O Come O come Emanuel. I had to do a search for it, since it wasn't in any of the hymnals that I have, but it tells the story.
1. Oh, come, Oh, come, Emanuel, And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.
2. Oh, come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan's tyranny; From depths of hell Thy people save And give them victory o'er the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.
3. Oh, come, Thou Dayspring from on high, And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night And death's dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.
4. Oh, come, Thou Key of David, come And open wide our heavenly home: Make safe the way that leads on high And close the path to misery. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.