Believe it or not, we are inching closer and closer to the holiday season. I cannot believe Thanksgiving is just over a week away! Before we know it, we will all be Christmas shopping and looking for the perfect gift for all the special people in our lives.
But before we make it to Christmas day, many of us will be celebrating the season of Advent. The word Advent means coming, and in many Christian homes, families observe this season of waiting and preparing for the Nativity at Christmas.
There are many ways to observe Advent and our family often makes an Advent wreath. I love this tradition, as it keeps the focus on the true meaning of Christmas, when we are so easily distracted by the busyness of the season.
The Advent wreath, is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent. It is a wreath with four candles, with a fifth, white candle in the center. The lighting of a candle begins on the first Sunday of Advent can be accompanied by a Bible reading, devotional time and prayers. An additional candle is lit during each subsequent week until, by the last Sunday before Christmas, all four candles are lit. Many Advent wreaths include a fifth, Christ candle which is lit at Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
An Advent calendar is another way to celebrate the season. It is a special calendar used to count the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Nowadays, there are so many fun calendars for both adults and children. My favorite so far is L’Occitane’s gorgeous Advent calendar . It’s filled with wonderful goodies, from their famous hand cream to relaxing bath gels. This is a fantastic early teacher gift or Thanksgiving Hostess present for someone special to you.
If chocolate speaks a little more to your loved one, you can’t go wrong with this option from Godiva.
And finally, if you had a simple re-usable calendar from your childhood like me, you might like this adorable Snowman calendar, to mark the days in your home! This one is also a great deal!
Does your family celebrate the Advent season? I’d love to hear how. Let me know in the comments!