Preparations are going on all around the town. There are Christmas trees being strapped to the tops of cars and wreaths going up on the neighbors' houses. Some Christmas lights are up and I see lights twinkling in the windows at night. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas all through the neighborhood.
Thought we'd take a little break from the Lighthouse Series and Travel Journals during December in order to focus on the Advent Season. What is Advent?
Wikipedia describes Advent as:
Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming". Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ.
Advent is a time of preparation as we focus on Christ's second coming. We celebrate the weeks preceding Christmas with an Advent wreath that holds 3 purple ( Love, Peace and Hope) candles and one pink (Joy). A white candle is lit on Christmas Eve representing the appearance of Christ in the world. The wreath is a symbol of God's eternity and our Christian hope. Like the circle our Lord is without beginning and without end.
Each year I make an Advent wreath. The wreaths vary each year. I love to use some of my Mama's old Christmas arrangements and add candles. This year I've kept it simple and non-traditional too. A vintage arrangement with tall candles.
I hope this year you will start a family tradition and add an Advent wreath to your table. Lighting the candles each week and remembering what this season is about, taking a moment to remember and to anticipate the coming of our Lord.