The premise of Advent is simple. You use these days leading up to Christmas to get ready to celebrate Christmas. This doesn’t mean you jettison all your cherished traditions or the things you most love about this season – especially in this year of a COVID Christmas. Rather, it means you intentionally go beyond them to dwell in the heart of Christmas – the reality that God has become one of us right in the middle of the muck of human life to save us. And when you take the time to get ready, you’ll be ready to celebrate Jesus’ birth like you’ve never celebrated it before.