Does it ever feel like the Christmas season is characterized by stress, speed, and spending? There is another way. For many followers of Jesus, the Christmas season is grounded in a time of hope and anticipation, an alternative to the chaotic hurry of the world around us. It’s a time called Advent. Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” It’s a four-week period that is a doorway out of the commercialized frenzy of the holiday season and into space and time to reflect on who and what arrived that first Christmas.