Monday, December 02, 2013
In a season full of tradition, one of mine is that we always decorate the first Sunday of Advent. I always have an Advent wreath as part of my decorations. I used to go with a more traditional wreath:
but for the past several years I have had one that is a bit more playful:
This one has shepherds, angels, and wise men around the base with the barn and manger up top.
In case you are wondering - Advent is a time for Christians to prepare for Christmas. I am not particularly religious but this is a tradition I keep. There are always four candles, three purple and one pink. On the first Sunday, you light a purple candle and it represents Hope. On the second Sunday, you light a second purple candle that represents Love. On the third Sunday, you light the pink candle, which represents Joy. The last purple candle is lit on the fourth Sunday and it represents Peace. Some people have a fifth candle, which is white. It represents Purity (Christ) and is lit on Christmas Eve.