Objectively, advent remembers Israel's longing for the Messiah. The prophets had foretold a Messiah would come to deliver Israel, and Israel was hopefully waiting for the Messiah to come.
But for us, as Christians, it also should inspire longing in our lives. Longing for Christ to come anew into our busy lives. In the midst of a busy season full of Christmas preparations, advent calls us to reflect. It's a time to prepare spiritually to celebrate His coming. It is also a time to reflect on the expectation that at the end of history, Jesus will rescue the world and establish His kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. We, like Israel, are waiting for the Messiah to come.
There's a lot of meaning to this season. And I want to share and create traditions for my children. Right now, they are to young to fully understand the significance of Advent and Christmas. But I can be planting seeds.
Here are some more Advent articles, if you are interested in learning more about this season: