Monday, November 30, 2009
The First Light of Advent & Giveaway Winner!
The first light of Advent is the light of stones,
Light that lives in seashells, in crystals and in bones...
The center of our Advent wreath
Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent and this is the first year our family is celebrating it. The girls truly loved it. We started the day by getting out our manger and setting it up on the piano. For the first week of Advent it will remain empty. Each week we will add things as they correspond (ie. Next week will be the trees, the following the animals and then lastly the humans.)
We lit the candle right before dinner as we said this verse:
Winter is dark,
Yet each tiny spark
Brightens the way
To Christmas Day.
Shine little light
And show us the way
To the bright light
Of Christmas Day.
- H. St. John
We followed the custom for lighting the wreath with C lighting the candle. Yes, my baby lit the candle! Of course, I helped her but she did most of it herself. I honestly don't know what was brighter, the candle light or the smile on her face!
The custom is: The youngest child lights the candle the first week, the oldest child lights two candles the second week, the mother lights three candles the third week, and the father lights all four candles the fourth week.
We then sang an Advent song (the first verse is at the beginning of this post) and enjoyed dinner.
I have been reading anything I can get my hands on about Advent. I love the symbolism of everything in the wreath.The evergreen tree is a sign of immortality, because it's boughs are ever green and it's topmost branches point straight to heaven. The circle represents eternity, without beginning or end. The four candles placed on the Advent wreath creates a special connection with the Earth's four elements and kingdoms of nature (mineral, plant, animal, human), and to the four seasons of the year.
I look forward to the rest of Advent and adding more to our family's traditions.
I would love to hear ideas and things you do to celebrate in your home!
I am also happy to announce the winner of the walnut baby giveaway. The randomly chosen winner is:
these dolls are super cute! thanks so much for a chance to win :)
Congrats Becky, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org! For everyone else, do not despair! I have another giveaway coming up on Friday for something very dear to my heart. Thank you to all that entered and thank you, again, to Marie for the generous giveaway!