In some households during this season, four candles become the centerpiece of dining tables. They are called Advent candles. At dinner time candles are lit as the family looks forward to Christmas. The candle on the first Sunday of December represents hope, the second Sunday peace, the third joy and the fourth love. Some add a fifth white candle, which is lit on Christmas day, signifying the Advent of Christ. While this hasn’t been my family’s tradition, I like it! I can imagine that each evening their children take turns lighting the candles as a daily reminder the birth of Jesus means so much more than Santa Claus and gifts. Along with hope and peace, tomorrow the joy candle will be lit. With or without candles, let’s rejoice, remembering this Advent of his birth and knowing a future Advent is coming!
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Briefly Speaking is full of hope and encouragement--that's my goal. I'm a professional writer who promises you sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking comment on my life in horse country in north Texas and on what's happening in the world at large. View all posts by Sheila Graham