The churches both have beautiful Nativity sets, Advent wreaths and Christmas trees all set, ready and looking wonderful. These are the outward decorations that we can see. They help us remember we are celebrating Jesus' birthday. Some of us even have Nativity sets, and Advent wreaths, set up in our homes. Many of my Nativity sets, I have over 50, stay up year round. They remind us of Emmanuel, God WITH us, through everything that is happening in the world.
Again, however, that is the outward, visible decorations that help us remember the all ready -- Jesus' birthday. We still need to be preparing for the not yet -- Jesus' return. This preparation is inward in each of us as we listen for what God is asking us to do so we are ready when Jesus comes again. One of the things we can do, so we can be in communication with God, is to be in prayer daily.
What is God asking you to do to prepare -- for the celebration of Jesus' birthday AND for His coming again?