We never celebrated Advent when I was growing up. I'm not sure why, but it was never a part of our traditions. When our kids were still small I found this advent "wreath" at Ikea and began researching what advent really was. We still didn't do it quite as reverently or adamantly as some, nor did we fully grasp the worship part of it. Then we moved to Bozeman. The church we served in was more liturgical than I had ever been a part of in the past and Advent was a solemn & adoring element of December services . Families were invited to come up and read the meaning of the candles and light a new one each week as we 'came closer' to the day of 'the arrival' of the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior... Jesus.
Celebrating Advent has a profound place in me now. Lighting each candle of Hope, Peace, Joy, & Love has become a tradition of the heart.