Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Today we light the Hope candle and we are invited to thank God for the hope we have in Jesus, the prophesied Messiah.
This, year we have started a new tradition. In effort to slow down during this busy season and focus our hearts and minds on the true meaning we are lighting our own advent candles every evening. This is our somewhat non traditional advent wreath. The circle reminds us of Gods never ending love that has no beginning and no end. The evergreens represent everlasting life, the red berries represent Christ’s sacrifice, and the salt that fills the bowl represents believers (the salt of the earth). The candles represent Christ, the light of the world, and their purple color signify the royalty of Christ (the pink candle is the Shepherds candle, we will get to it later), the white center candle is the Christ candle and it’s color represents the purity of Christ. The four candles signify the 4000 years of waiting from Adam and Eve until Jesus’ birth, one is lit each week leading up to Christmas and on Christmas day all five candles are lit.
We had Simon light the first candle (with lots of help). He is terrified of fire but he was a brave boy. Christmas is always such a special time for me filled with lots of memories. I hope that Simon will find the same joy in the season and it’s traditions that I do. If your family has a special advent tradition I would love to hear about it, please share in the comments!
until next time
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