|My advent stocking garland|
The Holidays are upon us and being a Crafty Mom, I try to make at least one new item every year. Being of the Catholic Faith our family observes advent which take place during the 24 days preceding Christmas. It is a time of spiritual preparation which starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas . In many homes families keep an advent wreath on the table. Every Sunday before Christmas a purple candle is lit . The Advent wreath is part of our long-standing Catholic tradition. However, the actual origins are uncertain. There is evidence of pre-Christian Germanic peoples using wreaths with lit candles during the cold and dark December days as a sign of hope in the future warm and extended-sunlight days of Spring. In Scandinavia during Winter, lighted candles were placed around a wheel, and prayers were offered to the god of light to turn “the wheel of the earth” back toward the sun to lengthen the days and restore warmth.
|An Advent wreath|