All three parts of Eastertide (Season of Easter, Ascensiontide and Pentecost with its Octave) share some common characteristics. Liturgically, there is much joy, shown by the many Alleluia-s and other features.
Another characteristic is that we are celebrating a definite event at the very beginning of the Season This helps us to focus our attention on the event celebrated, right at the start of the Season.
Ascensiontide can be a time of preparation, if we make use of the Novena of the Holy Ghost. Let us use this time wisely so that after gaining insights and strength during the time of Pentecost we are ready to put our shoulders to the wheel during the long stretch of the Season throughout the year!