Major symbols of the Advent season help us in our journey of waiting and preparation. We light one candle each week on the Advent wreath. Three are purple and one is pink. The rose pink one is lit on the third week of Advent, called Gaudete Sunday, to symbolize the hope in our waiting for the coming of Christ both at Christmas and in the second coming at the end of days. The light of candles symbolizes the light Christ's coming brings to our life and the light the wise men followed to find Jesus in the stable on a dark night.
Advent Calendars are used to help aid our waiting by giving us a surprise or activity each day. We take part in the unexpected surprise the gift of Jesus was to the world!
The point of Advent is preparing our homes for Christ, like a welcomed guest. So we sing carols and send cards to celebrate the message of Jesus coming into the world to save us.
We also set up a nativity set to symbolize the gift of Christ God gives us. Sending us his son, so that we might have life in heaven! Joyful and triumphant news!
Happy Advent, Kari
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