It’s the most wonderful time of the year! In Germany, many have their Advent wreaths sitting somewhere in their house and lighting the candles every week. You can buy a finished Advent wreath from the grocery stores or home/craft stores here. I purchased some fresh greens and attached it to our wire wreath that I have been using for the last couple of years. Christian asked why I use the purple & pink candles. These were the candles that I received from my church in VA a few years ago. I didn’t remember what each candle represented, so I had to look it up but there are differing opinions! Here is what one place stated that each candle represents – 1st candle (purple): Hope, 2nd candle (purple): Preparation, 3rd candle (pink): Joy and the 4th candle (purple): Love. Purple represents royalty. Apparently, they don’t use the pink candle anymore & instead of purple, the candles might be blue. I did read in many places that the Advent wreath originated in Germany, as a sign of waiting and expectation of Christ.
Christian surprised me this year with an Advent calendar with our photos. The front of the calendar is a picture of our feet in the sand in Tenerife. Behind each door is another picture from sometime this past year. There is also a piece of chocolate.
I made up my usual Advent calendar for Christian. I wrapped up little gifts & put them in a basket under the tree.
At night, Christian has been reading aloud, Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien. So far it is a great, fun read. Starting in 1920 & for many years after that, Tolkien wrote a letter as Father Christmas to his children. Father Christmas and his helpers have all sorts of adventures. The book shows the original letter, which is usually in a squiggly print with the accompanying pictures.
Hope you all are enjoying this season!