Today is the first Sunday of Advent.
This is our Advent wreath.
The symbolism of the Advent wreath is exquisite. The wreath is usually made of evergreens, signifying continuous life. The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of our souls, and the everlasting life we find in Christ. All together, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ.
This is my faith.
What is Advent? The Roman Catholic Advent Season is the liturgical season previous to Christmas. It is a loving season filled with the anticipation of the coming of Jesus. There are four Sundays in Advent, each one represents one of the four thousand years that mankind awaited its savior.
I’m a non-practicing Catholic. I’ve been attending Lutheran services for the past 9 years, but I hold true to this tradition. My husband was born and raised in the Missouri Synod Lutheran church. And I’ve never converted but I made the compromise to raise our children in his religion for our children. Advent is for all of us, but I think it is most important for children to understand at a young age. It is about the anticipation for Christmas. The right kind of anticipation. Not the commercial anticipation.
The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. There are three purple candles and one candle the color of rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday. The lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world.
Christ is the light of the world.
We will be moving soon and I’m saddened that we cannot decorate until we move into our new home, but I will keep our advent wreath out. It is just that important to me.
Are there traditions that you cherish that help your children understand the meaning of Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah?
What are some special ways that you like to celebrate the season?