Advent Traditions From Around The World

As the holiday season charges full-speed ahead, it is easy to be caught in the whirlwind of it all. Every year, it seems like the weeks leading up to Christmas fly by as I’m connecting with ministry partners, or spending quality time with family.

But in the midst of the holiday busyness, Advent compels and invites us to set aside time to reflect on the One who gives Christmas meaning.

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The word “advent” is derived from the Latin word meaning “arrival.” The birth of Christ was the arrival of the Messiah to earth – a momentous occasion in history. And thousands of years later we are still celebrating!


One of the splendors of Advent is that the tradition encompasses the globe, yet still reflects the uniqueness of each culture. In the four weeks leading up to Christmas, some people may light candles while others eat special food. The common denominator is honoring Christ’s arrival and sharing memories with family and friends.

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As we enter the season of Advent, I’m excited that we’ve tapped some of our foremost international partners to share a rich global perspective counting down the days to celebrating our Savior’s birth.

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I hope you’ll join me for an international Advent experience this year with our resource that takes you around the world to glimpse what celebrating Christmas looks like in all corners of the earth.

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Rob Hoskins is the president of OneHope. Since taking leadership of OneHope in 2004, he has continued to advance the vision of God’s Word. Every Child. by partnering with local churches to help reach more than 2 BILLION children and youth worldwide with a contextualized presentation of God’s Word.

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