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The Advent Wreath

Updated on November 29, 2012
The fifth white candle on Christmas Eve
The fifth white candle on Christmas Eve
This picture could not be ignored - just adorable
This picture could not be ignored - just adorable

During this period before Christmas we must not forget that there is so much more to this holiday than shopping, decorating, visiting and celebrating. As such Advent is that time period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and for certain Christians it is a season of prayer and fasting and it is also the coming of Christ at the Incarnation. In a lot of households you will find the tradition of lighting the Advent wreath. The wreath is formed like a crown from evergreen branches and represents eternity. It can be store bought or if you have the possibility to get evergreen branches you can make it yourself. There are sites like this online which instruct you on how to make it When your wreath is ready then during this Advent time the idea is to light one candle out of four on the wreath each of the Sundays leading up to Christmas. The process is such that the first Sunday you light only one candle and let it burn to around halfway, the next Sunday you will light two candles the one from the previous Sunday and the next unlit candle and so on until the last Sunday of the Advent all four candles are lit. What each candle represents is an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

An evergreen wreath so aromatic and full

With four candles in it

Three in hues of purple

And one in pink

These candles which will burn bright

One after the other

Brightening our Sundays in warm glow

Represent the coming of Christ’s light into our world

That very first Sunday

We light a purple candle which is the light of prophecy

To remember Isaiah who foretold

To this weary world of Christ’s birth

It is the candle

Which represents hope

To give cheer at this time of year

In joyous expectation of the coming of the Messiah

When the second Sunday of Advent comes round

The second purple candle gets lit

Its warm glow representing pure love

Bringing warmth and joy into our hearts

Now in the glow of candlelight

We can reflect on the coming

It has been known to be called

The Bethlehem candle symbolizing Christ’s manger

On the third Sunday of Advent

When peace is upon us

We light the pink candle known as the Shepherd’s candle

Representing joy

At this wonderful holiday time

We now look upon

At three bright burning candles

Eagerly awaiting the last

Comes the morn of the fourth Sunday

When we light the last purple one

This is the wondrous Angel’s candle

Representing what’s so needed in this world peace

After all the candles have burnt down

Leaving us with the evergreen wreath

Comes Christmas Eve

When a white candle is placed in its center

This special white candle

Represents Christ’s life

As He has come into this world

The color symbolizing purity

For Christians everywhere

This means as we receive Christ

We are washed of our sins

Made pure as the white driven snow

Accepting this way of waiting for Christmas with a glowing Advent wreath gives all family members especially children a special purpose at this time of year and an opportunity for families to keep Christ at the center of Christmas. Children can be taught the true meaning of Christmas and they can also be presented with an Advent Calendar for an exciting way to walk the symbolic path leading up to Christmas.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed this Beckie. The Advent wreath is one of the things I love most about the time before Christmas. God bless.

      Glad you enjoyed this Frank. It's definitely time to put Christ back into Christmas. God bless.

      Thank you so much for your comment Colin. Always a pleasure to hear from you. I think this year more so than others it's time to put religious symbols back into Christmas. Glad you and your kitties are alright and Sid sends hearty meows to them. At this moment he is sitting in the window looking at the snow falling. Riga time 12 PM

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      .....well to be perfectly honest Rasma of most Righteous - having you as a true friend and esteemed colleague is like having Christmas 365 days in a year - that I am sure, our lord Jesus Christ, would say is the true meaning behind Christmas - love from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel in the cold throes of winter here by lake erie time ontario canada 5:45pm

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you for putting us on the right track and reminding us of the true feeling and meaning of christmas :) bless you

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Glorious job paying homage to the spiritual meaning and fantastic poetry to go along with the great article.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      So glad you enjoyed this Jamie.

      So glad you enjoyed this Helen and thanks for the vote. It is time to put Christ back into Christmas.

      Glad you enjoyed this Valleypoet.

      Glad you enjoyed this wetnosedogs. Yes, that cat pic just had to go in there it was so cute.

      Glad you enjoyed this Ruby. The Advent wreath is a great way to anticipate the coming of Christmas.

      Glad you enjoyed this Mhatter. We have been lighting the wreath for a long time. It is a wonderful tradition.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for this. We Christians should be ever mindful.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved this although it is new to me. It would be a wonderful way to enjoy the joy of Christ's coming. Thank you..

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      A wonderful write. And I love the pic with the cat in the wreath.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      A lovely reminder of the true meaning of Christmas...thanks Gypsy:-))

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Christmas is so much more beautiful when we remember the spiritual side of this time, it also brings so much more meaning to it rather than just gorging on food or grabbing presents.

      The poem about Advent is lovely and captures beautifully the spirit of the season. Voted up!!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      I am so excited for the Christmas poetry this season. And I am glad that yours was one of the first. Thank you. Jamie