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.