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Advent Wreath

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When it comes to Christmas people put recognizable Christmas decoration and religious symbols up each year. Some decorations are very religious and spiritual and some are just meant to send out a good vibe for the holidays. One symbol of Christmas that is not seen very often in indoors decorations or outdoor decoration is the Advent Wreath. All though you can go to about any church that celebrates the birth of Jesus and you will find one most likely a very noticeable one at the altar.

All though not a very popular Christmas symbol among people and their houses but a very recognizable symbol in the church in fact it may be one of the most import symbols of Christmas in the church in the coming weeks of Jesus. The reason is because of how the wreath is set up and what it represents in the weeks before Christmas day. First off the wreath uses the traditional pine needle look and is wrapped around in a circle but is designed to lay flat. There will be four candle holders around the outside of the wreath if there is five candle holders there will be four on the outside and one candle holder in the middle. Each place for the candle will represent each week before Christmas, so this process starts four weeks before Christmas. And one candle will be placed each week with a prayer read that will represent another week closer to Christmas day. 

Three of the candles are purple two of which are placed on the first two weeks and one of which is placed on the last week. A pink candle is placed on the third week and if there is a fifth candle it will be white and will be quite a bit larger in diameter and will be placed in the middle of the wreath on Christmas day and or Christmas Eve.  The color purple is a symbol of Christ “The Prince of Peace” and pink symbolizes rejoice and it also symbolizes the color of early dawn.

If you are someone who decorates for Christmas in a very religious way this would be a great way to add to your Christmas decorations. Although the Advent wreaths and candles used in the Church are quite expensive there are much cheaper options someone could go with if they were looking to put one in their house. An advent wreath may not be as easy to find as a Christmas tree but if you look in the right places you should be able to find one that will fit not only your budget but also your home. You can look around at a religious stores around Christmas time or you can go on to the internet for there are plenty of web sites that will sell these advent wreaths designed especially for a home. Either way having one in your house is a great way to keep track of how many weeks it will be until the birthday of Jesus.

This article was published on Monday 05 October, 2009.



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