To my children, preparing for the coming of Jesus always seemed like a wonderful game, until one day when my eldest child said to me, "I really don't get this, because Jesus has already come."
Then I realized that I had never explained that we are preparing not only for Jesus' coming at Christmas, but for when He comes again: for when we meet Him at the Second Coming, for when we meet Him face-to-face at death, for when He comes to us in a special way each time we go to Holy Mass.
In fact, our whole lives should be a preparation to meet Jesus, but the Church gives us this wonderful time of Advent to really focus us on the coming of Jesus at Christmas, so we can renew our efforts to understand this incredible love God has for us that He sent His only Son to redeem each of us, individually and personally.
If you haven't watched the "What's New & Tips for Advent Adventure" video yet, take a few minutes to do so here now. NOTE: the video is from last year, but everything it explains applies to this year, too. All that is different is the 2016 book is new, bigger, better -- and tailored to fit every day in THIS YEAR'S Advent!