The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, "to come to." Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a time for preparation for the celebration of the long-awaited coming of Christ. Advent is celebrated over the 4 Sundays preceding Christmas and can begin as early as November 27th or as late as December 3rd.
The celebration of Advent is rich in rituals and symbolism and is one of the best times for parents to help their families grow closer to God. The traditions that families establish during Advent build lasting memories and are an easy way for parents to catechize their children. Advent celebrated well helps children learn that the real meaning of the season is the coming of Christ, and it strengthens family’s resolve not to get swept away by the secularized focus on materialism at this time of year. Celebrating Advent well requires preparation in advance, so the Family Life Office posts resources and tips to help families with their celebration of Advent.