Sunday, 1 December 2013

First Sunday of Advent

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, as well as the first day of December.  So today we light the first candle of our advent candles as well as starting our advent candle.


Advent comes from the Latin Adventus, and means "coming towards".  The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the church year.


Three of the candles are purple, symbolising the sovereignty of Christ,one is pink, symbolising the light of early dawn.  The Christ candle is white, symbolising daylight and celebration.


There are several traditions about the meaning or theme of each candle. The scheme that accords best with the Common Worship Principal Service Lectionary for the first Sunday of Advent is The Patriarchs.  We also think about Hope as we light the first candle.


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I have also done a little decorating of our front door.  The pumpkins have left and Christmas is moving in.


What do you think?  We will probably also add some lights around the door later in the month!


Amy

44 comments:

  1. Lovely outside decorations Amy-well done. Lights are so pretty-I just bought 3 for 2 at M&S on little white battery operated lights-so they can go anywhere, they were £5 each, with the offer that's just over £3 each-great for this type of project. I will decorate the porch with snowflakes and my bird pecked wreath, as the wind here will destroy most things left outside!

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    1. Those little battery lights are so pretty aren't they. We have some plug in ones that I will probably use - a bit harder for them to wander off on their own!! Looking forward to seeing your snowflake and bird pecked wreath decorated porch! xx

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  2. It's an exciting and special time of year. Love your decorating outside especially the wee house and red ribbons. I've a sneaky feeling that if we did that they wouldn't stay there very long unfortunately :) xx

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, I'm not getting too attached to them, in case they do wander off!! I thought that my pumpkins might go missing, but they stayed put, we will have to see. Here's hoping! xx

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  3. I love Advent.You may enjoy the Pause in Advent series a few of us in blogland are sharing. You are more than welcome to join us.
    Jane xx

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    1. Thank you Jane, I will pop over to you and have a look! xx

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  4. Lovely Amy. Every blessing on your home this Advent season.

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  5. What a pretty welcome at your door! Chrissie x

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  6. Such a lovely door decoration. I love candles but I've never had either an advent candle arrangement or an advent candle, I feel I'm missing out.

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    1. There is still time for you to do some advent candles. They don't have to be the colours that I use, just gather 5 together, light one today then two next Sunday and so on, and then all 5 on Christmas Day! You can light them every day if you like. If not, I will be doing my candles every Sunday, so you can always stop by here and share mine!! xx

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  7. Advent Candles are so symbolic of this time of waiting. Lovely post.

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    1. They are indeed. Thank you for your lovely comment and for stopping by Elizabeth. xx

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  8. I love your Advent candle decoration and reading about the symbolism behind the colours. Your outside decorations are pretty too. Best wishes to you are your family this December Amy.
    Jacquie x

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    1. Thank you Jacquie, I am glad that you found it interesting. Best wishes to you for this advent season too. xx

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  9. Hello there - thanks so much for coming over and visiting - it will be lovely to have you as a part of An Pause in Advent! Your candles are so stylish and calming. And your blog name is absolutely perfect! I've put your blog into the 'Pause in Advent' section in my sidebar, so from my side of things you are officially connected to the event. If you'd like to, you can also put a link to my blog in your Advent posts, and you can borrow my Pause photo if you'd like to, as it gives a kind of connection to all the posts. And if you have time, please visit the other participants and leave a comment, as some great connections are made around the world through events like this!

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    1. Thank you Floss, I will join in from next Sunday. Thanks for stopping by. xx

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  10. That was so interesting about the candles, I didn't know that. It's such a lovely tradition to observe. We used to have advent candles lit when I was a child but since having little ones we keep candles to a minimum. Maybe it's time to reintroduce the advent candle. x

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    1. I can understand the need to reduce candles with little ones! You don't have to use the colours as I do - you could also swap purple for blue - or use all white or anything really. It is the idea as much as anything. I'm planning a little series, so I will share a bit more next week. Hope that you have a good advent. xx

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  11. I love all your Advent candles and I never knew about the meaning behind the colours, really beautiful Amy, here's to a wonderful season xxx Penny

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    1. Thank you Penny, I hope that you found it interesting! I hope that you too have a great advent. xx

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  12. I'm new to doing advent candles and I'm learning a lot! Love the little door decoration!

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    1. Hello Lisa, thank you for your lovely comment, and for stopping by, I hope that you found it interesting. xx

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  13. Hi Amy! I like looking at Advent wreaths. Yours is pretty.

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    1. Thank you pom pom and thank you for stopping by. xx

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  14. I love the tradition of lighting the candles for Advent...some of my greatest memories as a child were sitting around the table where my mom had angels in the center of the table that held each candle. And I must say that I just love your pot!!! It has so many outstanding colors!!! A very happy week to you friend!!! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Thank you for sharing your lovely memories Nicole, they must have been very special times as a child. I hope that you have an enjoyable advent. xx

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  15. A beautiful post Amy and I love your decorations. Enjoy lighting your candles and have a wonderful advent. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Hannapat, I hope that you too have a wonderful advent. xx

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    2. A beautiful post Amy, thank you sharing the meaning of Advent with us. Your garden shrubs look stunning with gorgeous colours, and lots of grapes left for the birds.
      luv
      irene
      xxxx.

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    3. Thank you for stopping by Irene, I am glad that you enjoyed the post and all of the colours of the shrubs. It is surprising what you find when start to look isn't it! xx

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  16. Hello there. Love the post I just found you today. Do mind telling me where you bought your candles. Been looking for some for a while with no luck. Thank you.

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    1. Hello Millie, thanks for dropping by and for your comment. I don't mind you asking about the candles, but I'm not really much help probably, as I bought these at a garden centre (a very well stocked one) that does a lot of floristry, so they tend to have these things.

      I would suggest a couple of things, you could try a florist, they sometimes have candles in different colours, especially at this time of year. Or you could use all white candles or all red candles which might be easier to get hold of (try your local large supermarket at this time of year).

      I think that the most important thing with advent candles is to light some and spend some time thinking about what it means. The colour of the candles for home use is probably not the most important thing (just my opinion!). I have used multi colour tealights, different sized candles, all sorts in previous years. I just got lucky this year.

      The advent candle (with the numbers) came from Sainsburys, so you might be able to get one of those still. It was the best priced one that I found anywhere.

      Sorry for the long reply! I hope it is of some use to you. I hope that I will see you here again! Amy xx

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  17. it's all starting to look very Christmassy at your house. Love the arrangements you've created outside your front door. x

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    1. Thank you lovely Jill! Just a few little touches here and there for a week or too and then I will add more and do the tree. Trying not to do too much this year as I can go a bit OTT. xx

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  18. I love all your decorations but I especially love your advent candles - moving from Germany then to the States, I miss the fuss that's made over advent in Europe! So fuss on, dearest Amy! For me, please!

    xo

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    1. I will fuss for you Janet. It is funny because I think that we don't Advent enough over here, and you think that you don't over there! What are we like. I am burning my daily candle right now, but it is still not down to day 1, let alone day 2! Might take a while!!! xx

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  19. Those are such beautiful decorations, with great meaning too x

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for stopping by. xx

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  20. I've just popped by to read your "Pause in Advent" . Thanks for posting and I'm sure I'll be back to read more. We have our Advent wreath that we've used for many years. I bought a lot of dark green candles so that's what we'll use. I guess the main thing is to make sure to use them!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I agree, I think that the most important thing is to light the candles rather than being overly worried about the colour! Hope to see you again. xx

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