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Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of
expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus
at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus,
On the first day of Advent, Catholic families will set up an Advent wreath -
a wreath of greenery adorned by a set of four candles - typically, three
violet-coloured, and one rose-coloured to match the priest's vestments on each
of the days the candles are lit. The wreath is either set upon a table
(especially the dining room table), on the family altar, on pedestals, an end
table, etc., or it can by suspended by ribbons from the ceiling, such as from a
light fixture. The candles can be long, slim tapers, small votives, or fat
pillars. There can be pinecones and such adorning the greenery, but because
Advent is a penitential season, it shouldn't be highly decorated with colourful
The circular shape of the wreath is a symbol of eternity, and the greenery
symbolizes hope and renewal. The colours of the typically-used violet and rose
candles symbolize penance and joy, respectively.
The most common observance of Advent outside church circles has been the
keeping of an advent calendar or advent candle, with one door being opened in
the calendar, or one section of the candle being burned, on each day in December
leading up to Christmas Eve. In many countries, the first day of Advent often
heralds the start of the Christmas season, with many people opting to erect
their Christmas trees and Christmas decorations on or immediately before 1st.
The Advent wreath with four candles and the four candles story are a perfect
match for Christmas time.
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