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Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Glowing Light for the Season

Today is the first Sunday of Advent.

It’s a wonderful way to observe all the blessings of the season and prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Bowl and 4 candles wit greens and ribbon. Simple decor.:

There are several ways to celebrate the advent season.

Many people have a Jesse tree.

DIY Jesse Tree Ornament - Jacob's ladder - The Ultimate Guide to Making a Jesse Tree:

Others may have a candy or gift calendar…

DIY advent calender // via La Petite Cuisine (in German - no really, I promise):

…or participate in family activities or daily readings.

A traditional weekly advent wreath includes:

First Sunday in Advent ~ Candle Color: Purple, Theme: Hope

Second Sunday in Advent ~ Color: Purple, Theme: Love

Third Sunday in Advent ~ Candle Color: Purple or pink, Theme: Joy

Fourth Sunday in Advent ~ Candle Color: Purple, Theme: Peace

Christmas Day ~ Center Candle Color: White, Theme: Christmas

As I was collecting christmas inspiration, I came across some trends. Candles in vintage vessels (such as metal pots, tins, cermaic pots or bottles) and surrounded by greenery, such as moss and pin...:

Tonight the first candle, also known as the Prophecy or Hope candle, will be lit.

May you shine bright this week!


“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Beautiful post.

Kristen Kolp said...

This...the Good News come down to us.

Lisa said...

Such a beautiful tradition and post! Years ago my children attended an Episcopal school and the advent was connected with the nativity set. We were given a book of prayers and each day we set out another figure and said the prayer that corresponded. Of course the climax was putting Baby Jesus in His manger on Christmas Eve. A few times Baby Jesus would go missing, only to be found in the pocket of a little. Those are sweet memories for me.

Maureen Wyatt said...

Such beautiful arrangements!

Sarah said...

Lovely post full of special traditions. I've shared this with my sister.

nonie everythingsewing said...

Such a wonderful post and a good reminder to me what the season is all about. I was so ready for a huge pity party, forgetting we are celebrating the birth of Christ. You have given me a wonderful gift.

Auntie Em said...

While we didn't do Advent candles at home, we did enjoy the ceremony every Sunday at church and I always had candles on our supper table every evening through the holidays as a reminder. It is such so special to watch the children as the candles are lit. They are often very excited and figity but when the minister would start to light the candles and explain the reason we do this each year, they would all calm down and listen. Just magical!
Thank you for bringing back so many sweet memories. :)

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I can not believe that Advent is really here! I've always loved the tradition of lighting the candles in church every Sunday. Now we have an Advent wreath at home since our first married Christmas together, 20 years this week. Thanks for sharing and for the loveloy photos! xoKathleen

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Laura, I love your ides for advent. We had the lighting at church today which was beautiful.
Have a nice week.

Deanna said...

Oh Sweet Jesus...a beautiful time of year to remember and worship. Christmas is such a blessed event. For there is no name higher than the Lord Jesus's. Divine Deity. Wonderful that it is through Him we can have salvation.
The decorations are beautiful.
Blessings to you,

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

And we so need a hope candle!