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.
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!