Years ago, there was a series of popular television commercials for a brand of ketchup, which showed people eagerly waiting for the thick ketchup to pour out of the tilted bottle and onto a burger while the refrain of Carly Simon’s hit song “Anticipation” rang out. The message was that anything good is worth waiting for.
Advent is a season of anticipation. However, it’s about much more than anticipating the arrival of Christmas Day. It is a season to remind us that an attitude of anticipation—of hope in good things to come—is to be a core characteristic of Christians year-round. We are a people called to live in joyful hope, anticipating the coming of Jesus Christ in every moment of our lives and in every experience, and participating in the “coming of Christ” to other people.
It is for this reason that our Advent practices tend to reflect this notion of waiting, anticipating, and looking forward with joyful hope. With the Advent season upon us, I thought it’d be a good opportunity to do one of our popular poll questions—this one, about Advent and how you like to observe it in your faith formation setting.
For Advent ideas, including the e-mail series Sacred Advent, visit Advent Resources from Loyola Press.