Advent Activity Day 4: Light 2 candles in an Advent Wreath each night this week
In Christian tradition, an Advent wreath is a horizontal wreath of greenery sporting four candles used to mark the four weeks prior to Christmas. The tradition of lighting one candle a week, can be traced back to the early Lutheran church, who undoubtedly incorporated the tradition from pre-Christian Germanic people who did the same as a sign of hope for the warm spring to come while waiting out the cold, dark month of December.
Symbolically, the round wreath of evergreen stands for continuous life, with the unlit candles standing for darkness. The flame of a lit candle stands for the Light of the world, with the Light getting brighter and brighter, the closer we get to Christmas.
In some Christian traditions, the candles are dark blue, or red, while others use three purple candles and one rose candle, which is lit on the third Sunday of Advent. All traditions add a white candle to the middle which is lit on Christmas day.
This week’s Buzz Word: Peace
“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” – Semour Miller and Jill Jackson, “Let There Be Peace on Earth” 1955
Today, ask a family member you have hurt in the past year for forgiveness. Offer forgiveness to one who has hurt you.
Fun Stuff To Do Today in the McKinney Area:
Dec. 4th: Take a ride out to Crump’s Garden to tour their greenhouses full to brimming with the 55,ooo beautiful poinsettias grown on site. Doors are open from 12pm to 5pm. Don’t forget your camera. A photographer will also be on hand to take your holiday pictures. A certain gentleman visiting from the North Pole will also be available between 2pm and 4pm. Crump’s Garden is located at 3163 FM 543 in north McKinney.
For more fun stuff to do today, see the TownSquareBuzz.com Community Calendar of Events