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Two Reasons To Start Dressing Your Best During Advent

Advent is a time of preparation in expectation of our Lord’s birth on Christmas. For the Church, it’s the beginning of the liturgical year, but for many Christians, Advent and the Christmas season is viewed the same as secular society – the end of another year and the time to start deciding upon your New Year’s resolutions. However, perhaps we should take a second look at the truth behind Advent being the beginning of the year and choose a new “resolution”, in particular that of dressing our Sunday best for Our Lord and King.

1. We Are Expecting To Meet Our King

Advent is all about preparing for the birth of baby Jesus. It’s a nice thought that not many people decide to contemplate any deeper than an image of the nativity. In the rush and holiday feelings of Christmastime, we often forget just who is being born. Yes, it’s Jesus, our Lord and Savior, but He is also a King – the King. Born in a humble manger in a stable and not in a castle, He is still born as Christ the King. It’s interesting how we often forget this fact as we head into Advent and Christmas, even though the Feast of Christ the King is always right before the Advent season. However, it’s something we should pay particular attention to and remember in a special way as we decide what to wear when we go to meet Him.

2. Dress As If We’re Meeting A King

If we were to meet the President or the Pope, we would dress in our best attire. We would probably go shopping and spare no expense for meeting such important people. Yet, when we go to church, we often treat it as just a routine weekly event instead of what it really is – going to meet and receive Christ the King. It’s a well-known and unfortunate statistic that, today, many Catholics don’t really believe the in true presence of Jesus Christ during Mass. According to the most recent survey on what Catholics believe, from CARA at Georgetown University, close to 50% of Catholics do not believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ. As there’s been a decline in Sunday best dress, this statistic not only makes sense but also is expected. If you don’t truly believe you’re meeting Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Savior, and King, then why bother dressing nice at all? However, the Truth is that Christ is truly present in the Mass, and so we should dress as if we’re meeting a King, because we are indeed going to see the King.

Advent Is The Time To Start Dressing Your Sunday Best

Advent is the beginning of the Liturgical year, and since our lives should be centered on Christ, perhaps we too should begin our year at Advent. Instead of starting our New Year’s resolutions on January 1, perhaps we should start on the first day of Advent. What better way to show respect to Our Lord and King than by dressing our best? What better resolve to have than to start dressing as if we’re going to meet our King? 

Darla Wainscott

Darla is the Founder and President of Put On Christ® , Apparel and Accessories. As the company's trademarked tag line states, Darla is "Making Faith Fashionable®," by trailblazing this unique boutique brand since it was unveiled during World Meeting of Families in September of 2015. She created Put On Christ® after feeling certain that the Blessed Mother was calling her to get to know her Son better and to share Him with the world in a very relevant way. The athleisure market is the fastest growing segment of the clothing industry and Darla made a bold decision to carve out a segment of this market for Christians wanting an alternative to traditional "big box" manufacturers. With an accent on modesty, all Put On Christ® products are manufactured in USA. With its exclusive trademarked Christian logo adorned on each product designed to take you from errands to exercise, there is no other company in the nation like Put On Christ®. Under the patronage of Saints Teresa of Avila and Ignatius and consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Darla hopes to strengthen each customer's relationship with Christ in their everyday living. Her company prays daily for each customer and for every person who visits the Put On Christ® website or engages with the company on any of the five most popular social media channels. Darla invites you to follow the Put On Christ® team on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest.

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