Traditions of Christmas: The Advent Wreath

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Advent Wreath
Advent Wreath

Germans traditionally have Advent wreath in their families, it is said to be originated with the German Lutherans.

The wreath is made of a circle of greenery in which four candles are set, a large white candle is set in the middle. It is attached with pine and fir cones, little red mushrooms, or red and yellow ribbons.

One candle is lit the first Sunday of Advent, two are lit the second Sunday, and so on until the fourth Sunday. On the Christmas Day, the large candle in the middle is lit. These wreaths are usually hang from the ceiling in large houses, shops and in churches.

The four candles represent Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  Advent means Coming.

 

For more in the traditions of Christmas Series: The Christmas Tree, Mistletoe, Christmas Carols

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