News… 28th November

Christmas is coming!!!

Yesterday it was the first Sunday of Advent, so… we are going to prepare us for Christmas. These weeks, we are going to discover some of the English Christmas traditions.

But… Do not forget your sections:

Christmas Traditions

Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means ‘Coming’ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.

There are three meanings of ‘coming’ that Christians describe in Advent.

  • The first, and most thought of, happened about 2000 years ago when Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us.
  • The second can happen now as Jesus wants to come into our lives now.
  • And the third will happen in the future when Jesus comes back to the world as King and Judge, not a baby.

Some people fast (don’t eat anything) during advent to help them concentrate on preparing to celebrate Jesus’s coming. In many Orthodox and Eastern Catholics Churches, Advent lasts for 40 days and starts on November 15th and is also called the Nativity Fast.

Orthodox Christians often don’t eat meat and dairy during Advent, and depending on the day, also olive oil, wine and fish.(…)

There are several ways that Advent is counted down but the most common is by a calendar or candle(s).

There are many types of calendars used in different countries. The most common ones in the UK and USA are made of paper or card with 25 little windows on. A window is opened on every day in December and a Christmas picture is displayed underneath. When they were first made, scenes from the Christmas Story and other Christmas images were used, such as snowmen and robins, but now many calendars are made in the theme of television programmes and sports clubs. Some of these types of calendar even have chocolate under each window, to make every day in December that little bit better! advent

To know more: http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/advent.shtml

ONLINE ADVENT CALENDAR

 

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