Sunday, 30 November 2014

Advent One

Although the first of December isn't until tomorrow, today is the first Sunday of Advent.

Today we light the first of our four Advent candles.  We will continue to light one candle each Sunday until Christmas and on Christmas Day we will light the fifth candle.

To me, Advent means many things.  It is of course the coming of Christmas, but it is a time to reflect and to think about what Christmas really means to me.

Lighting these candles gives time for contemplation and prayer.  I have much to pray for this year and much to be thankful for too.  I will also be thinking about where I have been, where I am going and where I want to be.  In this time of preparation, it is also a good time to do some thinking about the broader things in life too.

Of course tomorrow being December 1st means that I can have a piece of chocolate every day before breakfast with no guilt at all - just another thing to be glad about!


Amy

p.s. the observant among you will notice that these are my candles from last year, I wrote this in advance as I won't light this years candles until the end of the day today!.

33 comments:

  1. I have to sort out my candles yet but like you we'll be lighting them over the dinner table tonight. It's a real tradition in our house!

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  2. A lovely post Thank you Amy. May your Advent period be one of many blessings x x x

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  3. That's a nice tradition. I've got a candle with the days marked off for Dec and we try and burn that each day, but I often forget! x

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  4. I love Advent Amy!
    Today I will make my Advent candles!
    A lot of blessings Amy!
    xo

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  5. Lovely post today Amy.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  6. Lovely Amy. An important time of year xxx

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  7. I like that you have a special place /reminder for reflection.
    Jane x

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  8. I'm looking forward to the Advent Procession service this evening too. A time to reflect and think, with some beautiful singing (I hope!) too. I'll be thinking of you lighting your candle. x

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  9. I haven't done chocolate advent calendars since the kids were living at home. You've made me realize I didn't need to stop when they moved out. :-)

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  10. Your candle display looks really nice, Amy. I like Advent too, it is a time for being excited about the season but also for thinking about the year just ending and general reflection.

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  11. What a lovely tradition. Our advent calendars are at the ready, even Archie has a doggy one and gets a bit of doggy chocolate each day of advent.

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  12. Hello Amy

    Thank you so much for your beautiful post. I will be thinking of you when you light your candle.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  13. I like that you have advent candles at home. We have them at church, but have never done our own.

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  14. We too celebrate advent and light candles a wonderful tradition we also have tiny gifts each Sunday, a new bauble or Christmas activity for the children.

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  15. I can't believe it's December tomorrow - must remember to start Joe's Advent calendar off (and try not to eat his chocolate)...
    I love the colours of your candles.
    S x

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  16. You've given me much food for thought in that post Amy. With our heat and wind, I'd be scared to light candles at this time of year, but I'm looking forward to seeing all my cooler Xmas blogging pals and their lovely cosy decorations and festivities on their posts. Chocolate before breakfast!!!!!!!!! I love dark choccy, but not sure I could eat it that early. Take care.

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  17. A lovely post, your words about advent are so thoughtful Amy. Wishing you a good week. CJ xx

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  18. We usually save our chocolate until morning snack - I don't think I could face it any earlier. Mind you, I'd be willing to try! LOL

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  19. I really like your attitude towards advent, Amy. We are entering such a hectic time of year, it's vital to make space to pause and think and be thankful. x

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  20. Amy, our pastor went through all the possible meanings about the Advent wreath this morning with the childrens' sermon. They were enthralled. But I was not aware of the chocolate before breakfast....something I must add.

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  21. May you have a sweet and reflective time of Advent.

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  22. Your advent candles are very pretty Amy, and the sentiment is so nice. Enjoy your chocolaty days ahead ;) Wendy x

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  23. I can't believe it's advent already, it seems fast this year. Lovely candles :)

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  24. You really made me feel at peace with your post here today friend. I think the act of lighting the candles and having time to reflect and pray is such a wonderful growth opportunity for us all. Happy Advent dear Amy! Wishing you a blessed week ahead friend! Nicole xoxo

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  25. The tradition of advent has somewhat disappeared here in Belgium, throughout the years...
    The only thing remaining are the advent calendars with little chocolates in them...

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  26. I wish I'd found your blog sooner, it would have been lovely to have swapped a card with someone new! Really nice blog, loving the cowl and wrist warmers from a few posts ago, which in fact has given me an idea for some Stylecraft I've got lying about, so thank you!

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  27. Love that you have the traditional pink candle in your advent set. I had that too last year, but this year I couldn't find one to match!

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  28. Wishing you a special Advent Amy. Bee xx

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  29. Amy, I love the beginning of Advent I have an advent candle that I burn down every day, I love this tradtion passed from my mum to mex

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  30. We've never had an advent crown but I do think it's a lovely tradition. I hope you find those moments of peace and thankfulness as you light the candles each week. And enjoy your chocolate too - I've just had mine! x

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  31. Every blessing during this Advent season, Amy.

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  32. Lovely Advent candle display. It's always good to take stock of our lives.

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  33. Beautiful. May you have a wonderful Advent season this year, Amy! *hugs* :)

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