Celebrating Advent before Christmas is my favorite part of the holiday! I did it with my family as a child, and it was one of the traditions that I carried with me when I started my own family. The wonderful thing about Advent, is that you can do it in so many different ways! I like to keep it kid friendly so that everyone can understand and enjoy it. This Sunday is week 1 of the advent season! Let’s celebrate this year together!
The only thing you will need for Advent is an Advent Wreath and candles. I will be using a wreath with 5 candles on it. Many only have 4, but I usually add the 5th one in the middle (that can be a pillar candle) so that we can light it on Christmas Eve. Usually advent candles are 3 purple candles and 1 pink one. We can’t get those colored candles in Indonesia, so you may see pictures of all white at my house. You can use any color you wish! (There are links to several choices of wreaths and candles below. Feel free to click on them for a closer look.)
One year my dad made our advent wreath out of half a log. We got to decorate it with live holly and it was beautiful! There are some great DIY Wreath Tutorials on YouTube that you can watch for ideas as well!
Meaning of the Candles and the Wreath
The entire Advent Celebration is designed to point to Jesus. The wreath is usually made from greenery that can represent the greenery that people laid at Jesus’ feet when he entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. The circle of the wreath is eternity. The candles we light because Jesus is the Light of the World!
The candles are usually 3 purple for royalty and a pink for Joy. The Christ Candle (or Jesus Candle as we sometimes call it) is white for purity and our sins being washed white as snow. There are always variations of this. We have sometimes done white candles all around and a purple for the Christ Candle signifying his royalty. It’s up to you!
Week 1: The Promise Candle or The Candle of Hope
Each week of advent focuses on a different candle. As you light the first candle you will discuss how God made promises to us of a messiah to come into the world to save us from our sins. This gives us Hope for the future!
- Isaiah was written long before Jesus was born. What were some of the promises that were made in this passage?
- What are some of the names given for Jesus, what he would be called?
- According to this verse, what will happen because he will come?
- How can these promises give us hope?
Listen to this song: O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Pentatonix
Lord, we are so grateful that you planned from the beginning to send your son to us. You even foretold the coming of the Messiah so we could recognize him when he got here! Help us to remember that this Christmas season is about this special gift that you sent for us! Amen.
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If you would like to have a daily advent study, these books are a great resource! We have so enjoyed them for a nightly reading. They do a great job allowing you to see how a real person would feel and think during the time Jesus was born.