This was the first year we added the Advent Wreath to our Christmas traditions, Advent is latin for coming. I have to say it was wonderful. On Christmas Eve, the kids were excited for many things and one of them was lighting the 5 candles on the Advent Wreath. I had done this before in the Presbyterian church I grew up in, not realizing exactly what it all meant. An acquaintance of mine shared how her family has included the Advent Wreath in their family traditions. Her name is Stacey Thacker. I’ll get the contact info for her on this post when I find the email she sent me. I may have deleted it on one of my email purging sessions. I’ll add her contact info here. Here it is — s t a c e y d o t? t h a c k e r a t m a c d o t c o m – just eliminate the spaces and put an actual ‘.’ in place of the word dot, ‘@’ for the word at, and you have her email. She did say it would be okay if I wrote about it in my blog.
Stacey has an entire document on how her family does Advent and she should really publish it. I’ll give you the brief version here. Basically we start on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. There are five candles in the wreath, the center candle being the Christ candle. The candles are in ABC order and you start with the red ones first, lighting the center candle, the Christ candle, last. You light the candles in order every time. We also reviewed what each candle stood for.
The first Sunday is ‘A’ which stands for Announcement, the announcement of the conception of baby Jesus to the virgin Mary as recorded in? Luke 1:26-38 and the dream of Joseph recorded in Mattew 1:18-25. Eddie lit the first candle.
The second Sunday is ‘B’ which stands for Baby Born in Bethlehem and we read the account written in Luke 2:1-7. Hannah lit the first and second candle.
The third Sunday is ‘C’ which stands for Choirs of Angels Sing and we read the account written in Luke 2:8-20. Rachel lit the first, second and third candles.
The fourth Sunday is ‘D’ which stands for Down on One Knee and we read the account written in Matthew 2:1-12. As the mom, I lit the first thru fourth candles. Here we talk a lot about worship.
On Christmas Eve JR lit all the candles. The ‘E’ stands for Emmanuel, which means? “God With Us.”? This is my favorite candle because it ties in Easter and Christmas. It is here we talked about the reason Jesus came to earth — so you and I could have a personal relationship with the living God, the God who loves us. Here we talk about Romans 5:8 and other parts of the Bible — as talked about at this website. Like I said, this is the cut and dry version. Each Sunday we talked about different things related to the Christmas story, ideas of worship, of fear, of the Holy Spirit, and angels. I? can give you Stacey’s email if you would like to contact her and get all the information from her. Truly, she has done a fantastic job outlining the material and she would not mind being contacted.
So, Merry Christmas, I know it’s over, but I still feel like it’s Christmas!