The Advent Started Sunday

@RasmaSandra (16998)
Riga, Latvia
November 30, 2015 4:10pm CST
This Sunday November 29 will be the First Advent and we always make a wreath with fir tree branches and put in four candles. You should have five candles. The fifth candle will be saved for later. The idea is to light a candle each Sunday up until Christmas. So this Sunday you light the first candle and let it burn a bit then next Sunday you will light the first and the second and so on. On the last and 4th Advent you can let all of the candles burn out. People choose different color variations on the candles but the usual is to have three purple which represents repentance and one pink for joy. The fifth and last candle will be a large white one placed in the middle of the wreath at Christmas. This is the Christ candle and lit on Christmas Day. Now I know that in this crazy world a lot of people have started to look at religion a bit differently and not everyone follows the Advent. For me it is important and makes me feel better while waiting for Christmas. I love the tradition and even last year due to personal problems we didn’t have a wreath. This made me feel terrible and so this year we are back to the Advent tradition. The first candle you will light is the Candle of Prophecy and it symbolizes the promises which the prophets delivered as messages from God. This is the Hope Candle. The second candle shows that Christ is the Way. The Bethlehem Candle or The Candle of Preparation. He will lead everyone out of the darkness. The third candle which is pink is the Candle of Joy and it indicates that the only lasting Joy which can be found in life on earth is through Christ. The fourth is the Candle of Love or the Angel Candle. It reminds us that Jesus comes to bring Peace to both the world and to people’s hearts. The fifth candle is the Christ Candle or Christmas Candle. It represents Christ who was born to save people from their sins. Do you follow any traditions before Christmas? What are they or do you just prepare for the holidays? You can take a look at an Advent wreath and you can read more about it:
The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent.  It is a circular candle holder that typically holds five candles.  During the season of Advent o...
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@Blondie2222 (21399)
• United States
1 Dec 15
What a neat tradition. I don't do traditions like tat here but i guess it's different with each believe.
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@JudyEv (121314)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov 15
I think this is a lovely tradition although we don't follow it. It can be very comforting to follow traditions through the years, whatever form they take.
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