Advent

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nothing. We are not religious.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

When I was a kid in one of the younger grades we got to do an advent circle. We were given a beeswax candles in apples and we walked to the center of a spiral of evergreen boughs to light our candle in the middle, then we’d place it in the spiral somewhere as we walked back out.

 

it looked like this sort of:

 

 

And ended up looking something like this:

 

 

I don’t celebrate the advent now, but that was an activity I VERY much looked forward to and loved. The smells of apples, beeswax and evergreens still make me smile. It was really beautiful.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR & Myself… Nothing as we now consider ourselves to be more Spiritual than Denominational Christians.

When I was with my Ex Hubby, and had kids at home, we were what I’d call Small “C” practicing catholics… so we’d go to Mass, Had an Advent Wreath with Candles that was the Centrepiece of our Sunday Dinner, and we slowly “built up” the participants in our Nativity Creche over the course of the 4 weeks of Advent … with Baby Jesus arriving Christmas Eve, and the 3 Wise Men on Epithany (Jan 6th).

After Epithany… then we’d pack up all the Christmas Decorations until next year.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@AB Bride:  I’m not religious, but I went to a private school that liked including a lot of facets of the world, and Advent was one. In the younger grades we’d also light one candle on the advent wreath each week and celebrate one of the ‘kingdoms’, which were mineral, plant, animal and humankind. We each brought in an item that we felt represented those kingsoms each week and talked about it as the world preparing and celebrating the coming birth of Christ. It was a celebration of light and so forth.

Each week we’d say part of this verse:

The first light of Advent is the light of stones.
Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.

The second light of Advent is the light of plants.
Roots, stem, leaf, flower, and fruit by whom we live and grow.

The third light of Advent is the light of beasts.
Animals of farm, field, forest, air, and seas.
All await the birth in greatest and in least.

The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind.
The light of love, the light of thought, to give and to understand.

 

Goodness it was fun! I could go on and on. =P

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We aren’t religious, so nothing.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

@Baimee:  were you a Waldorf child, by chance?

these days, I don’t do anything to celebrate it (heck, I forget it’s my birthday, let alone Advent), but the Advent circles I participated in at school when I was a kid were magical. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have an advent calendar & when I used to go to church we’d light candles on the Sundays. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

We’re not Christian, but we still have a Lego Advent calendar and I go to the local German language Advent service every year.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We celebrate Advent at church.  We have an Advent wreath that has 5 candles.  One candle is lit each Sunday, with each one representing something different (Peace, Joy, Forgiveness, etc).  The last candle (white in the center) is the Christ candle.  At our church, the children of the church always light this candle.

 

Here is our Advent wreath this year.

EDIT: I don’t know why the picture is sideways — can’t make it turn. Sorry!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t go to church currently, but I always have an Advent wreath and an Advent calendar (two this year – we got one as a gift after we bought one).

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