Last week one of my students said he was sorry he would not be at his home church for the first Sunday of Advent: “I like to see all the Advent wreath candles lit from the beginning.” The sense of spiritual anticipation fostered by a holy Advent season can be one of the wonders of the church year.

Overlooking the odd choice of terminology for a penitential season, this Carnival of Advent Traditions offers some good ideas for family and congregational celebrations.

Daily (or at least weekly) Advent Reflections.