The new Christian year begins with the 12 day celebration of Christmastide, which lasts from Christmas Eve until Epiphany on January 6. Advent 2019 begins on Sunday, December 1st and ends Tuesday, December 24. To balance the two elements of remembrance and anticipation. the first two Sundays look forward to Christ's second coming and the last two Sundays look back Christ's first coming in judgement to Old Testaments and the exceptions of the coming Messiah. In between the fulfilled promise of Christ's first coming and the yet to be fulfilled promise of his second coming. Advent readings over four weeks include 1. Hope (or promise) 2. Preparation (waiting or prophecy) 3. Joy (peace) 4. Love (adoration) A look at Christian practices.