noun: the coming or arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
For our family, this December is a month of waiting. Waiting for our newest little family member to arrive any day. Waiting for Solstice and Christmas and the first big snowstorm. Waiting for the new year and the new city home we'll be moving into now that we have officially outgrown our condo.
Advent seems the perfect term to describe our life right now, as we wait for the notable person, notable things and notable events of the coming weeks.
While we don't celebrate the religious period of Advent, this month is filled with anticipation nonetheless. My seven-year-old bounds out of bed each morning to listen to the Sparkle Stories audio advent calendar, so excited by what another December day will bring. My two-year-old keeps asking when the baby will come out of my belly. My four-year-old wants to know if Santa really will bring him a drum set and microphone (ahem).
It's such a special time of anticipation, of wonder, of fullness, waiting for a new baby, a new home, a new year. It's a month of expectant waiting. It's advent.