I have been praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena since I was a young child. This novena lasts sixteen days more than a typical novena (nine days) and is prayed from the Feast of St. Andrew (November 30th) until Christmas. Tradition suggests that it be prayed fifteen times a day.
If truth be told, some days I have not made it to fifteen. Other days, I have probably said it many more times. Each year I begin with great enthusiasm and have all fifteen prayers finished before stepping out of my bedroom. Somewhere mid-December I will be sitting up in bed at night counting the prayers because the busyness of the day has gotten in my way.
Inevitably by Christmas it has become so much a part of me that I pray the novena prayer almost constantly as I drive, walk down a hall or do the routine things of the day. My mind, heart and soul become more and more attuned to the “reason for the season” and the intentions for which I have begun this beautiful tradition.
Why don’t you consider this beautiful tradition as a part of your Advent practice? Even if you begin after November 30th, it will certainly make a difference in your preparation for Christmas.