Origin: It is not known when the first Advent wreath was created. Pagan rituals often included lighting candles in a wreath to signify hope for the return of the sun in the midst of winter. In the Middle Ages, Christians borrowed this ancient custom and incorporated it into the celebration of Christmas.
Wreath: The Advent wreath is made of evergreen boughs, symbolizing everlasting life. The circle represents the continuous love of God, with no beginning and no end, as well as the soul's immortality.
Candle Colors: Each of the four colored candles in the Advent wreath represents a week leading to Christmas. Traditionally, three of the candles are purple, and one is pink. The final candle is white and is located in the center of the wreath. It is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Candle Symbolism: The candles are traditionally lit in the following order: purple, purple, pink, purple, white. The first is called the "Candle of Hope." It symbolizes faith in God keeping his promises to humanity. The second is called the "Candle of Preparation," reminding Christians to "get ready" to receive God. The third candle is the "Candle of Joy." It recalls the angels joyfully singing about the birth of Christ. The fourth candle, the "Candle of Love," reminds Christians that God loves them enough to send his only Son to Earth. The "Christ Candle," the white candle in the center, stands for Jesus Christ himself.
Rituals: Some Christian faiths encourage families to light a candle on the wreath every day during Advent, followed by Scripture readings, songs and prayer. During the first week, one candle is lit each day. During the second week, two candles are lit, and so on.
- Luke 1: 37. For with God nothing shall be impossible.
- Science of Mind Textbook: pg.359.2 Jesus the man became the living embodiment of the Christ. If we can look upon Jesus from this viewpoint, we shall be able to study his life as a living example.
Supplies: 4″ white or green Styrofoam ring, 3 purple and 1 pink birthday candles, holly.
Directions: insert candles and glue holly into Styrofoam.