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November 27th, 2010, 07:47 AM
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So it's the start of advent / December 1st next week! I can't quite believe how fast this year is going by!

Do you do anything in particular to mark the first day of advent?

Do you have an advent calendar?

Do you light advent candles?
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November 27th, 2010, 08:40 AM
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I have never celebrated Advent. Care to share more about it??
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November 27th, 2010, 10:14 AM
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Do you do anything in particular to mark the first day of advent? Nope I was never raised knowing how to celebrate it. I have been thinking of looking into what it really means though so that I can pass it on to Leo.

Do you have an advent calendar? I am in process of painting a reusable one for Leo (and future children). It is something that we always had, but it was basically used as a Christmas countdown.

Do you light advent candles?
Nope
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November 27th, 2010, 11:42 AM
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Nope not really. The only thing I do to coundown is mark the days after Thanksgiving on my fridge calendar and Daniel puts an X on that day.
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November 27th, 2010, 11:57 AM
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I really, really want to. I used to do Advent, but it's been awhile. My old church used to do something in children's church with the kids... They had handouts for the parents and each day there was a passage of the Bible that told the story of the birth of Jesus. I'd give anything for a copy of that, but it's long gone.

I'd love ideas...
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November 27th, 2010, 02:01 PM
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Nope not me... I honestly don't know much about it myself.
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November 27th, 2010, 08:06 PM
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A couple years ago I got an Advent calender for each kid. I would love to get one made out of wood where the little doors or windows open, but the cloth ones will have to do till then.
My MIL does the advent wreath with candles. (I haven't picked up on that yet) Our church lights an advent candle each Sunday during the season.

I didn't grow up with any of the tradition ether so I am not real sure what other things are done to celebrate. I would love to hear about them.

I know the church year is divided into 5 or 6 "seasons" and one season flows into the other. I learned some about it when we attended a Episcopalian church. The other seasons are Lent and I can't remember the rest. .

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November 28th, 2010, 02:31 PM
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This is the first year I will be doing Advent and we got booklets from our church. There is a devotional each day to do with our family and you light a candle each week. I have not gotten our candles yet but I will. I am very excited to do this. I will see if I can find a way to electronically share the booklet. I got a paper copy but usually they send us the stuff via email too. The children make ornaments each Sunday to put on the tree for the week and we have verses to read. I am very excited about it.
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November 29th, 2010, 08:55 AM
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This Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent:
Our church lit the first advent candle in the advent Wreath.
The Wreath is circular greens sitting on a table with three white candles and one purple (or pink) candle around the circle of the wreath and one large, white, pillar candle in the middle.

1. The Candle of Hope (white)- Also know as the candle of prophecy. This represents the Hope of all the generations that have come before in the eager anticipation of the coming Christ. For the Prophecies that have been given through the ages that point to the birth of Christ.
(This is me paraphrasing what was said.)

I will let you girls know what the other ones are as we light them.
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November 29th, 2010, 11:16 AM
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Jess, that sounds brilliant.

I'm surprised some of you don't celebrate it - in English churches it's a pretty big thing. Most have a special Advent candle which is really like a chandelier with 4 candles on it and one is lit each week.


In previous years, we have put our decorations up on December 1st to mark the first day of Advent but we have chosen a different date this year as it's trickier now Daniel has full-time school.
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November 29th, 2010, 12:38 PM
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Found this online...

Advent Calendar at TeachingMOM

Still on the hunt for a way to break down the Christmas Story to last over Advent, but not having much luck...
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December 1st, 2010, 12:56 PM
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German Missions in the United States - Marking the Advent Season

and here is a video:

German Missions in the United States - Christmas Videos

This is our Advent wreath:



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I do have a chocolate Advent calender (like every year).
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December 5th, 2010, 08:29 PM
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Today was the second week of advent and the second advent candle was lit.

1. The Candle of Hope (white)- Also know as the candle of prophecy. This represents the Hope of all the generations that have come before in the eager anticipation of the coming Christ. For the Prophecies that have been given through the ages that point to the birth of Christ.
(This is me paraphrasing what was said.)

2.This candle is the candle of Peace.(white) Also know as the Bethlehem candle.
It speaks more of the prophesies. Specifically of the ones that point to a specific place and linage into which Christ was to be born. That Jesus was a real person with a real record of his birth and real, traceable linage. The sermon that ties into this week of advent was on the lineage from David and Abraham.
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