Advent is time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming".
For Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.
Advent is the beginning of the Liturgical year and commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas.
Practices associated with Advent include keeping an Advent calendar, lighting an Advent wreath, praying an Advent daily devotions as well as other ways of preparing for Christmas, such as setting up Christmas decorations.