This is the first year I will be Celebrating Advent in the Catholic Church. The term Advent is rather new to me which kinda is scary to think that at my Protestant Church I cant recall the term even being used. At mass this past week there was such a buzz about it. The Church is transforming and I cant help but really feel the meaning of Christmas in the Church. At my old church it was more of the same except come Christmas Day when we really talked about the coming of Jesus. It is sad that I really had to turn to Nativity Story Movie for my kids and myself to get a sense of the whole thing. Believe it or not that movie made me actually really look into Mary and learn more about Joseph that caused me to look into what was being preached and led me to sites like these and programs on EWTN and Father Barrons Word on Fire Site.
Have other denominations dumbed down Christmas and taken the whole meaning out of it? Do they even celebrate the season of Advent?
Does the Catholic Church do anything different than others during it as well? I heard my wife who is a lost Catholic say something about 3 kings day, something totally foreign:shrug: to me as well.