Advent marks the weeks before Christmas and is a time of anticipation, preparation and reflection leading up to Christmas Day.
Advent starts with the aptly named Advent Sunday. This is the 4th Sunday before Christmas Day and usually falls between 27th November and 3rd December. This year, 2023, it is 3rd December.
So, in 1839 he took a cartwheel and added candles to it. Each week day a small candle was lit and on Sundays a larger candle. Counting down the days to Christmas.
By the 1920s the custom had been adopted by other Christian denominations in Germany and soon spread, in the 1930s to North America.
Behind the wreath, there is symbology and meaning.
The advent wreath concept, of counting down to Christmas, has also spawned other Advent practices that we are familiar with.
Where a full wreath isn't possible, then a single candle marked with the days is often chosen.
Why the Christmas Lace Notes?
2023 has come along and this is the second year of my lace notes. All kicks off on 15th November with the first of this year's Chrismas movies. One a day, every day until Christmas.