Sunday, November 30, 2008

Advent- The first candle

I don't remember growing up with an Advent wreath, and lighting the candles each Sunday. But I want our kids to, so starting this year, we are going to be consistent about it. Our son brought an Advent candle holder home today, one he has been working on in the craft part of his Sunday school class (which is always woodworking). He still needs to stain it, so today we have a lone candle. Next week, I will have the wreath and candles all arranged...

Each candle has a traditional color, but you can choose any colors for your candles really. I am just choosing colors that go with my dining room. :) Right now, as I don't have it all together yet, I am just using a light green one for now. I may replace it~ we'll see.

The first candle is the Prophecy candle. This candle stands for the promises foretold by the prophets, promises of the birth of Christ.

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned." ~Isaiah 9:2

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee,
O Israel.

O come, Thou Dayspring,
come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease;
And fill the world with heaven's peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!


Shell in your Pocket said...

I have always wanted to do the advent calendar! What a pretty picture!
-sandy toes

Darlene said...

I LOVE that!! I can't wait to see the whole thing put together....

Elyse said...

what an awesome tradition to start! so important to raise our children to know and love Jesus. Good job!!

Ms. Tee said...

Your photo is so pretty! I really like this idea. We do an advent calendar, but haven't ever done it with candles. It's just beautiful! :)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love this idea. I can't wait to see how it looks, but also to hear how it works for your family. I think we have to do things to remind ourselves about the true meaning of Christmas. I might copy you when my kids are old enough to "get it!"

Shannon said...

We didn't grow up doing it either but I want to do it too. It sounds like a great tradition. I love that song too.

trish said...

Hi Jenni,
I also did not grow up learning about Advent. I am still a little sketchy. How precious to pass along such a sweet tradition to your children.
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne
Ps. I have a little something for you on my blog today. :o) Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers during the past couple weeks. They have been felt. :o)

Anonymous said...

I think that's a great tradition to start. And I love that's one of my Christmas favorites.

The Berry's Patch said...

What a wonderful tradition. :-)

Unknown said...

great idea I didn't grow up with the advent calendar either but my husband did I can't wait to see the finished project.

cherry said...

I love this idea..we light them at church on the eve. We like to make a birthday cake for Jesus. I thinkk that is sooo special that your son did this at Sunday school. cherry

Our Complete Family said...

We do this in church each week and Bryce does at school, too!
I grew up doing it in our home but for some reason we don't in our home. Not sure how Jas and I got away from it. Something for us to think about doing....
Happy Monday and Merry December~ Les

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

What a sweet blog you have here Jenni! I had a very pleasent visit!


"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

It looks like you are starting a great tradition that your kids will carry on with their children. You are such a fun mom! How lucky and blessed your kids are to have you! I sure enjoy reading your blog!

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