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Celtic Advent Wreath Adds Irish Spirit To the Home

The advent wreath thought to have originated in Germany and Scandinavia has have deep roots into the early days of Christianity. Often made of evergreen and using candles to add light to the long winters the advent wreath has become  a staple in Christian homes.

As we  have come into the modern age the customization of the advent wreath as taken this once utilitarian item and made it into a home décor item for the home or church in the modern day. Often the advent wreath is cut from pewter, brass, or other base metals and has words and design cut into them that more customizes the wreath to the homeowner or the parish. One of the most popular designs is the Celtic Cross Advent Wreath. There has been a surge in popularity of Celtic themed items where as it allows the heritage of the Irish people to come forth in their homes.

The Celtic Cross has the makings of a cross with a circle in the outline of the background of the cross. The cross has come into the fold of Christianity despite its roots that reach back to 5000 BC and believe to be a solar cross and dedicated to the God of Sun Taranis

It is believe that the Celtic people used these crosses and when the converted to Christianity the Celtic Cross came with them into the fold. The Celtic Cross is Very often associated with the Celtic or Irish Christians Church. When one sees the Celtic Cross  the automatic thought is of the Irish tradition. There are some legends that attribute the introduction of the Celtic Cross to St. Columba, who was born in Northern Ireland in 521. Although some attribute the introduction of the Celtic cross to St. Patrick as well.

The design of the Celtic Cross in the more modern age is used in all jewelry, tattoos coffee cups and Advent wreaths as well as a myriad of all religious themed items. The four ends of the cross do make up the ‘spokes of the advent wreath and the circle cross makes the circle of the wreath. The Celtic cross is very well integrated into the design of the advent wreath. Often the Celtic cross has designs of the family on them and are often associated with dispelling the fear of bad spirits. In some cases on a Celtic cross the arms of the cross do extend outside the circle however with the advent wreath the arms of the cross make out the base of the wreath but do not extend out past the edges of the circles. The candles are often put at the end of the arms. The advent candles are usually 3 dark purple or 1 rose colored candles. However with the  Irish, often the replacement candles for the advent wreath are 3 emerald green and one light green candle. This small change allows the Celtic advent wreath be a centerpiece of any Irish home keeping Tradition and Faith And Style.

This article was published on Monday 28 July, 2008.

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