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Who observes Advent?

AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
I love Advent, because I'm a beginning of Advent baby.

We have the wreath, the Nativity scene, waited till yesterday to start decorating or preparing, and will be reading from the Bible together every night. And I broke out the parang music (Trini pre-Christmas music.)
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    We have the wreath as well. In fact, this w/e I went & bought 4 packs of candles to stock up...lol The women at the store were laughing at me while I was checking out, until I told them what I was up to!

    We also have the playmobil nativity set & Advent X-mas in the Park set 8)

    I love traditions...new & old.
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  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    I do. In Sweden Advent is big. (The religion is Protestantic.) I have my electric candle thing in the window and a star in a nother window.
    People lit candles too.


    Kinda like these:
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    We did the wreath last night. We read a verse from the bible, then went around the table and each of us said something we were thankful for, and then went around and made a wish, with the only rule being that it couldn't be a wish for yourself. I was pleasantly touched by my kids' wishes.

    Next Sunday we start rehearsals for the Christmas pageant.
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  • LadyCurlyLocksLadyCurlyLocks Posts: 341Registered Users
    We do the advent wreath at church, and I also observe it at home. Though at church we began last Sun., I guess because of the way the Sundays fell... but I began my advent at home last night.

    ETA: I usually make a wreath every year with branches I get at a local tree lot, and I already have the candles.
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  • katethegreatkatethegreat Posts: 801Registered Users
    I do

    :D
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    We do, or at least used to. :? I can't find a nice wreath to hold the candles. Our old one fell apart, it was just a foam one with holes for candles and cheap greenery. I've been trying to find a new one for years now. Maybe I'll have to do a foam one and decorate it myself. I have the candles.

    I do have an electric candle thing like the first pic Kurlee posted. We got it in Germany. Everyone thinks it's the jewish one.
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  • EliciaElicia Posts: 881Registered Users
    what is Advent ? i don't think i have ever heard of it
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    CurliLocks wrote:
    We do, or at least used to. :? I can't find a nice wreath to hold the candles. Our old one fell apart, it was just a foam one with holes for candles and cheap greenery. I've been trying to find a new one for years now. Maybe I'll have to do a foam one and decorate it myself. I have the candles.

    I do have an electric candle thing like the first pic Kurlee posted. We got it in Germany. Everyone thinks it's the jewish one.
    CurliLocks...I did my own :)
    Got a brass candle holder & some greenery to wrap around it & also weaved the colors of Advent thru it w/ some cool thick ribbon I found. I think it came out pretty well. 8) If I say so myself! :lol:
    I think we've had it since we've been married.
    It's held up very nicely.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Elicia wrote:
    what is Advent ? i don't think i have ever heard of it

    Advent is the 4 weeks before Christmas in the Catholic Church and some Protestant denominations. It's a time set aside for preparation and expectation to welcome Christ's coming. Each of the 4 Sundays, a candle is lit in the wreath and prayers are said at Church, and many families also light a wreath, read stories, pray etc. at home.
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  • heavengirl410heavengirl410 Posts: 821Registered Users
    I celebrate it also. We also have a "posada" (spanish) It is usually at someone,s house, and it is a reanactment of Mary and Joseph asking for a place to sleep. Two people usually dress up in costumes of Mary and Josheph, and have like 10 people outside with them and they sing(asking to come in) and there are people inside that sing back to them, and eventually they are let in. Then there is more singing and usually, there are more Christmas songs sung, in English and Spanish like Feliz Navidad. And the Host will have food for everyone. It has always been done at my Grandmas house for as long as I can remember.
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    I celebrate it also. We also have a "posada" (spanish) It is usually at someone,s house, and it is a reanactment of Mary and Joseph asking for a place to sleep. Two people usually dress up in costumes of Mary and Josheph, and have like 10 people outside with them and they sing(asking to come in) and there are people inside that sing back to them, and eventually they are let in. Then there is more singing and usually, there are more Christmas songs sung, in English and Spanish like Feliz Navidad. And the Host will have food for everyone. It has always been done at my Grandmas house for as long as I can remember.

    We call that "parang" in Trinidad.
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  • heavengirl410heavengirl410 Posts: 821Registered Users
    That's really neat that the same customs are celebrated through out the Americas, it's just weird that they have different names. Kinda like food in some contries it is called one thing and in another it is called something totally different. Or it is called the same thing in both countries, but it is actually something very different in different places. Sorry, hope that wasn't to confusing, but do you get what I mean?
  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    Elicia wrote:
    what is Advent ? i don't think i have ever heard of it

    Advent is the 4 weeks before Christmas in the Catholic Church and some Protestant denominations. It's a time set aside for preparation and expectation to welcome Christ's coming. Each of the 4 Sundays, a candle is lit in the wreath and prayers are said at Church, and many families also light a wreath, read stories, pray etc. at home.

    This is kinda interesting:
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FAdvent" class="Popup

    The Protestant church (at least in Europe) comes from the Catholic church so that is why they have many similarities.

  • JaxieJaxie Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    I at least used to. Since all of us are older now its hard to do all of that stuff. But I went to Catholic school and every year there were advent wreath making parties and we always have an advent calendar with the chocolates inside. ~~jax
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    CurliLocks...I did my own :)
    Got a brass candle holder & some greenery to wrap around it & also weaved the colors of Advent thru it w/ some cool thick ribbon I found. I think it came out pretty well. 8) If I say so myself! :lol:
    I think we've had it since we've been married.
    It's held up very nicely.
    WileE - does the candle holder hold all 4 candles? I've never found one like that. :( Is it a wreath or straight?

    I just found some here: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.catholicsupply.com%2Fchristmas%2Fchadvwrea.html" class="Popup

    They have some nice ones but I'd like to make/decorate my own. I like the brass plain one but it's too big. :(

    Maybe I'll run to my local Christian book store and see what they have. Duh! :roll:
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    CurliLocks wrote:
    CurliLocks...I did my own :)
    Got a brass candle holder & some greenery to wrap around it & also weaved the colors of Advent thru it w/ some cool thick ribbon I found. I think it came out pretty well. 8) If I say so myself! :lol:
    I think we've had it since we've been married.
    It's held up very nicely.
    WileE - does the candle holder hold all 4 candles? I've never found one like that. :( Is it a wreath or straight?

    I just found some here: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.catholicsupply.com%2Fchristmas%2Fchadvwrea.html" class="Popup

    They have some nice ones but I'd like to make/decorate my own. I like the brass plain one but it's too big. :(

    Maybe I'll run to my local Christian book store and see what they have. Duh! :roll:
    CurliLocks...here is a pic. It's not very close, but I hope you get the idea :)
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fimages4.fotki.com%2Fv41%2Ffree%2Fe3d00%2F2%2F26410%2F339732%2FStairs-vi.jpg%3F1065551296" class="Popup
    It looks a lot like the brass finish Advent wreath they have listed towards the bottom of the page. Is that the one you said was too big? I measured the one we have & it's not more than 7 in...hmmm

    Yes...do that! That's where I went & got all my candles the other day.lol
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    Wile, I can't view your fotki, but it sounds a lot like the wreath we have. It's just a low brass ring with 4 candle holders on ot. We tied greenery onto it with red ribbone, and we bought it at the St. Patrick's Guild store, although I'm sure any Christian store would work just fine.

    ETA: This is ours.
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  • MarMar Posts: 3,003Registered Users
    We do.
    December is ALL about Advent and trying not to get caught up in the crazy Christmas rush.
    I love Advent because we celebrate the SEASON,not ONE day :)
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
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    Ever since the sports thread wars I have sensed a special connection between [edit] & Wile. Like the connection oil has to water. I almost can't speak of it. Wait....my eyes are misting. ~asq
    Let’s just stay together and tell the world to kiss our ass. ~P


  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    Nope, I'm not authorized. :cry:
    Minneapolis, MN
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Advent sounds cool.

    Are there any countries/locales that celebrate 12 days of Christmas? I've always wondered about that.
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Advent sounds cool.

    Are there any countries/locales that celebrate 12 days of Christmas? I've always wondered about that.

    We do! The RC Church observes the 26th- Jan 6th (Epiphany) as the Christmas season. When we were little, we got to take a chocolate off the tree every day of Christmas.
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
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    Ever since the sports thread wars I have sensed a special connection between [edit] & Wile. Like the connection oil has to water. I almost can't speak of it. Wait....my eyes are misting. ~asq
    Let’s just stay together and tell the world to kiss our ass. ~P


  • heavengirl410heavengirl410 Posts: 821Registered Users
    yeah we celebrate the 12 days also, we don't take our tree down until then. And we do our gift exchange between out extended family on Christmas Eve at midnight, the little kids usually fall asleep and we wake them up , if I had to do it when I was little then they should too!! We usually go to the early mass that day. Santa still comes on Christmas morning also.
  • asleep to audioasleep to audio Posts: 2,085Registered Users
    Ohhh, I celebrate Advent! I'm German, and my mom was born in Germany, so I've celebrated Advent my entire life. I even still get the calendar :D . And I also have the wreath, and sing the Advent song in German as I light a candle, one more for each week. And today Saint Nicolaus came :lol:

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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users

    Victory! :D

    Is your wreath purple?

    Your house is gorgeous, by the way!
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    Poodlehead wrote:

    Victory! :D

    Is your wreath purple?

    Your house is gorgeous, by the way!
    That one worked. Pretty! Love the house too! :)
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    Ohhh, I celebrate Advent! I'm German, and my mom was born in Germany, so I've celebrated Advent my entire life. I even still get the calendar :D . And I also have the wreath, and sing the Advent song in German as I light a candle, one more for each week. And today Saint Nicolaus came :lol:

    Having lived in Germany so long, we also celebrate St Nicolaus Tag! :D My son put his boots out last night! :)

    What's the German song? I'd love to know it. We didn't learn that one.
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  • asleep to audioasleep to audio Posts: 2,085Registered Users
    CurliLocks wrote:
    Ohhh, I celebrate Advent! I'm German, and my mom was born in Germany, so I've celebrated Advent my entire life. I even still get the calendar :D . And I also have the wreath, and sing the Advent song in German as I light a candle, one more for each week. And today Saint Nicolaus came :lol:

    Having lived in Germany so long, we also celebrate St Nicolaus Tag! :D My son put his boots out last night! :)

    What's the German song? I'd love to know it. We didn't learn that one.

    Sure! Here's what we sing. I hope I spelled everything right; I'm fluent in German but I never really learned reading/writing, although I'm okay at it:

    Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt
    Erst eins, dann zwei, dann drei, dann vier,
    dann steht das Christkind vor der Tür!

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I think this is so much more spiritual and meaningful than "HURRYHURRY-BUYTHEBIGSCREENTV-RUN-THROUGH-THE-STORE-ON-CHRISTMAS-EVE-15-MINUTES-BEFORE-CLOSING-AND-GET-A-PACK OF BIC PENS-FOR-YOUR-BOSS'S MOTHER-BECAUSE-EVERYTHING ELSE IS WIPED OUT!!!".......

    .......and then the inevitable letdown on December 26. I mean, I enjoy Christmas with my family (well, in-laws family, my family was Jehovahs Witness and celebrated nothing) but I really wish we could celebrate the holidays like that :(
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