This week marks the beginning of the Season of Advent, a time of preparation and reflection for the coming of Baby Jesus. This year I took the time to research Advent and the Advent Wreath a little more; I found many interesting websites, most mention the origin of the Wreath dating back to pre- Christian Germany.
Regardless of when it started it has been a part of my “preparing” for the season since I was a boy. I can remember in middle school having to gather around the Advent Wreath every morning in the main hall of St. Columbus Elementary, singing songs and listening to scriptures read by the Nuns. Although we all loved the opportunity to get out of the classroom, this had a special meaning to me. The gathering around the wreath is still a big part of my family getting ready for the coming of the Christ Child. One of the candle holders keep breaking off so I trouble my friend Perry to keep coming down to fix it with his sodder gun. Well it broke again tonight, so I am waiting for him to come to the rescue yet again.
The preparation season, Advent, is just as much a major part of our home as the 12 days of Christmas. Probably more as there are not many who even know about celebrating the full twelve days of the Christmas , but that rant is for another day!!! Please take a look at the following links of this holy Advent Season and pass it on to those who celebrate it.
I do wish to make mention of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Nativity Collection
December 4-14 – Award-winning Nativity Set Showing
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 75 Central Street
Nativity Set collection “Come Let Us Adore Him” 5:30 to 9:00 PM
The display is open to the public free admission
If inclined, bring a non-perishable food or gifts for the “Gifts for Christ Christmas Tree” for the families in need.
It is an amazing presentation of Nativities from all over the world, you will be humbled and filled with the spirit of Christmas!!
I have found some interesting websites linked to Advent, the first one is from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent_wreath
I hope you enjoy the reading and the links.