On the church calendar the fourth Sunday before Christmas marks the first day of Advent; this year it’s December 2nd. Whether you’re familiar with this tradition of an Advent wreath or this is the first year you’ll be celebrating, this handy reference will help.
I made a printable with the Scripture readings and liturgy for each Sunday of Advent. (For more simple inspiration and doable ways to slow down Christmas for you and your family my book “Living the Season Well-Reclaiming Christmas” is a great resource. The Kindle and Nook are both on sale for $4.99.)
An Advent wreath isn’t a “wreath” in the regular sense of the word, but a round tabletop candleholder, usually surrounded by greenery of some kind. I’ve listed the candle colors, Advent watchwords–Wait/Hope, Prepare, Rejoice/Joy and Love–and Scripture readings for each Sunday. There are various meanings for the candles as well as Prophet, Bethlehem, Shepherd, and Angel.
Some church traditions use three purple candles (purple is the liturgical color for Advent signifying royalty) and one pink (week 3 for Joy), but if the red (or white, or gold) candles are on sale use those! I tend to use four dark red candles just because I like that better than purple and pink! (Reminds me of Easter. Another important Christian holiday.)
The point is to pause and remember. Here is a simple gift to help you–just click HERE for your free download to save and print. Keep the graphic on your frig or at the dinner table, anywhere nearby your Advent wreath and you’ll be ready on December 2nd.
ALSO: To receive an email with FREE Scripture Downloads for each Sunday (to place around your Advent wreath) just click here and leave me a note. I have a way cool MS Word doc I can shoot you via email. Just print on cardstock, cut out and you’re good to go. (My mad graphic skills only go so far and I couldn’t figure out how to upload it here on my site.) Thanks!