today is the first Advent and it is a tradition that I learnt of when I lived in Germany as a child.
Four weeks before Christmas you make or buy a Advent wreath, which is traditionally a wreath made from fir-tree branches, it has 4 candles standing in it and is beautifully decorated. Unfortunately my plans of making one of these seasonal wreaths this year didn't work out but I found some lovely images to share with you on the Internet.
This is such a lovely tradition and just makes the special time of the year that little more special and something you might want to try. You will see it will give you that sparkle more to Christmas time.
(courtesy of Wikipedia)
(courtesy of Wohnen und Garten.de)
A candle would be lit on each of the Sundays before Christmas and it would be like a count down until Christmas Eve until the ' Christkind' would come and bring you gifts.
(The 'Chirstkind' is the traditional gift bringer of Christmas in many European countries including Germany.)
I remember that we learnt a song in school when I was little, that we would sing and if I am right, it went like this ...
'Advent, Advent ein Lichtlein brennt.
Erst eins, dann zweit, dann drei und vier,
dann steht das Christkind vor der Tuer.'
'Advent, Advent, a little light burns,
First one, then two, then three and four,
And then the Christkind stand outside your door.'
So today I would love to wish all of you lovely bloggers a ...
... Happy First Advent!
I hope you are well and life is treating you kind.
Have a peaceful day.
Thank you for your thoughts and photographs for the first Sunday in Advent. Beautiful pictures. Here at St Nicholas Church, in Bathampton, Bath UK we also have the tradition of an Advent ring only ours has 5 candles. One for each Sunday as you have, but also one in the centre of the circle to light on Christmas day. We take it in turns to make and decorate the ring. A lovely tradition, I think. With best wishes for the Advent season.ReplyDelete
Ich bin überrascht!! Ich habe nicht gewusst, dass Adventskränze in Amerika nicht bekannt sind..ReplyDelete
Herzlichen Dank für diese interesannten Informationen :)
yase (- Deshalb verstehst du, was ich schreibe !! Super!)
A blessed First Advent to you, Karen. We will be lighting our first candle this evening.ReplyDelete
I love Advent, I love it every year... the wreaths you showed were beautiful!ReplyDelete
It's a beautiful time of the year, thank you for sharing this with us Karen. A blessed Advent to you! Hugs xxReplyDelete
yes ,also here in Denmark, we celebrate with the Advent wreath , and mine is hanging in my window,this year, made from Ivy and little cones on branches .
I hope your first sunday in Advent was cozy and beautiful.
Hugs from Dorthe
Karen, thank you so much for reminding us all of the real purpose of Christmas, which is the birth of our King. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)ReplyDelete
Ok... and I thought, that this is a tradition all over the world and not only in Germany!ReplyDelete
Ich wünsche Dir eine schöne Adventszeit!
Happy Advent to you!! Thank you for remembering the reason for the Season. Love ya' Patricia BReplyDelete