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  1. Honey @ Sunflower Schoolhouse
    December 1, 2011

    For several years, I have wanted to do some form of advent and a Jesse tree with our family, but I always seem to complicate things in my mind and never get around to it. I need to find a very simple way – and just start. Thank you for the encouragement.


  2. WD Milner
    December 20, 2011

    The Advent Wreath is not a (Roman) Catholic tradition. It is derived from a pagan tradition amongst Germanic peoples (as is the Christmas tree and much as the Yule log, holly and mistletoe have from the Scandinavian and Celtic peoples) and found its way into Christianity among both Roman Catholic and Protestant (mostly Lutheran) Germans. It has spread widely as a tradition amongst many Christian and non-Christian denominations alike.

    A nice article that should help encourage more to try this simple yet often so meaningful tradition.


    • Feels Like Home Blog┞¢
      December 21, 2011

      There are a lot of myths out there concerning the origination of many Christmas traditions. One story says that the Christmas tree, for example, was begun by Martin Luther himself. There is a lot of evidence that says advent wreaths began as a sign of hope and waiting, though it wasn’t necessarily associated with Christmas or Christ. I’m okay with that because it’s been a tradition observed by Christians (especially Catholics, but in many other denominations as well) for at least 400 years. I think we can say then that it’s a Christian tradition at this point. 🙂


  3. Amanda
    November 30, 2018

    Thanks for sharing! I never really knew what the four candles represented. This advent wreath is so simple <3


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