I love the Christmas Season! Even though Jesus wasn’t really born on Christmas Day, or even in the winter I still find great joy in celebrating his birth. One of my favorite traditions that I grew up with and that I have now passed on to my girls is the celebration of Advent. Advent is celebrated the four weeks leading up to Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus meaning”coming”. As people celebrate Advent the are remembering Christ’s First Coming and looking forward to his Second Coming. Traditionally Advent Wreaths are made from evergreens to symbolize the hope we have in God, of renewal and eternal life. The four candles on the outside symbolize waiting, during the four weeks before Christmas as well as the four centuries of waiting between the book of Malachi (the last book of the Old Testament) and the birth of Christ. The colors of the candles may vary but many use three purple and one rose candle to represent Christ’s royalty. The center candle is traditionally white and is called the “Christ Candle.” On the first, second and fourth Sundays the purple candles are lit. On the third Sunday the rose candle is lit. On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day the white candle is lit.
There are different themes that can be taught to represent each week/ candle
A couple popular themes are:
Hope, Love, Joy and Peace
Prophecy, Bethlehem, Shepherd and Angel
When the corresponding candle is lit each week a passage can be read that goes along with each theme. Every family celebrates Advent differently. Some only observe it on Sundays, other families celebrate every day. You can read passages from the Bible, sing songs, pray, read a story, gear it what fits your family. Have fun with remembering our Savior’s birth and our Faithful God that brings about everything he has promised!