What Is Advent?

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In modern times, Advent is celebrated for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The word Advent refers to the arrival of a notable person or event, in this case Christmas or Christ. Traditions vary slightly, depending on the religious group in question. Advent is also tied to the Christian calendar and Christmas marks the beginning of twelve days of celebration that ends on January 6th.

Source: K. Depew, News Director