I don't really have an Advent tradition anymore and I miss it, so when I came across the Advent Conspiracy, it really spoke to me.
I'm going to be in on the conspiracy this year. So if you were hoping that I was going to buy you a bunch of meaningless crap this year, sorry to burst your bubble. But I will mention your name when I say the Advent prayers I just found.
As we begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world. It symbolizes our longing, our desire, our hope. Three "advents" or "comings" shape our desire. We want to be renewed in a sense that Jesus came to save us from our sin and death. We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live our lives with meaning and purpose. And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth.