If our hope is only in our circumstances, as we define them to be good or as we want them to be to make us happy, we will always be disappointed. That is why we hope, not in circumstances, but in God.
My experience tells me that those who have suffered and still hope understand far more about God and about life than those who have not. Maybe that is what hope is about: a way to live, not just to survive, but to live fully amidst all the problems of life with a Faith that continues to see possibility when there is no present evidence of it, just because God is God. That is also the wonder of Advent.
Hope is like a light shining in a dark place. I read a statement that said that if you are sick of Christmas by December 25th, then you haven't done Advent correctly. Advent is a time of Hope, Joyful anticipation and Cheerful preparation. Making our homes ready for a very special guest.