Both are a time of clearing your mind and your life of distractions. A time to focus on what is important. There is foreshadowing in the readings and the traditions of the Advent season. The wreath, the candles and the prayers all draw us to the cradle; the promise of the infant that will be the Redeemer of the World.
My waiting is also full of promise. A promise of eternal life. We keep our focus on what is important. Telling each other that we love one another. We remember times that are special in our life and we mourn the loss of our future. But in the mourning is also the belief that the Redeemer of the World will be there in his justice and his mercy. We have the promise of life eternal.