Such enthusiasm of Christ's coming was shown in the example of the Seraphic Father, St. Francis of Assisi. In 1204, St. Francis asked John or Giovanni Velita to prepare a place in Greccio where he wanted to re-enact the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. He had this yearning to see with his very own eyes Christ unselfish yes to become one of us and all the discomforts that the little Babe in the manger had to endure that day.
Christmas for St. Francis was a special moment to understand the depth and love that Jesus did for us. In modern times, young people,like the Franciscan Youth Movement; shares that longingness to prepare themselves and see beyond the decorative hullabaloo that this season brings. A special formation program is given by the National fraternity to each local fraternities around the country.
A 4-week long Advent formation program that truly helps prepare one correctly to how to accept, appreciate the season of all seasons. After all what would you give to One that has everything, but your love, attention, the wisdom and knowledge that He is the greatest gift of them all and the Number one celebrant.