There was a time when Advent was as severe a time for the Christians as Lent. Aren’t you glad someone moderated?
But the lessons for Advent give reason for some thought, especially if you understand the basics of Gnosticism (the real stuff, not outsiders’ pre-conceived notions). Did you notice that they speak about who and what are “coming”? But in the case of John The Baptist, he told him that they one they were expecting had already arrived – they just didn’t know who it was among them. A sort of “You know him, but you don’t know who he really is.”
And that’s one of my perpetual questions. How often do I (or you or anyone else) long for something that we actually already have, and don’t know it?
And that’s a question that’s above denominational distinctions.