The Advent Wreath: The Symbol For A Fairy-tale Christmas

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The history of the advent wreath

The advent wreath is an important part of the Catholic Christmas tradition. Its origin is wrapped but still in mysteries. There are many testimonies that this tradition has protogermanische roots. These ancient people use wreaths with candles. This was common especially on days of December, when it was very cold and dark. You saw the wreath with candles as a symbol of light and warmth which will come back despite the present darkness.

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Also prayers associated with these wreaths. The old Germanic tribes wanted to “Wreath” of the Earth turn around so the candles, that it comes back on the sunny side.

The 4 candles symbolize the 4 Sundays of advent

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Advent Wreaths in the middle ages

In the middle ages, this tradition like many others of the Christianity was taken over. In the Church, yes Christ is compared also with the light that saves the world from darkness. So was the symbolism of the advent wreath very suitable to this show.

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The symbolism of the advent wreath

The advent wreath is made from many branches of Evergreen. They symbolise the life that goes on as the circle and renews itself. Traditionally used for the elaboration of the advent wreath Laurel. It symbolizes victory over persecution and suffering. Stone pine (pine), Holly (Ilex) and yew tree stand for immortality. Cedar is a sign of strength and healing power.

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The Holly is also a specific Christian symbolism. The spiky leaves bring the more association with Crown of thorns. The Evergreen Ilex leaves and the Red stone fruits look beautiful at any Adventsdeko. Pine cones, nuts or seed pods, which are used for the decoration of the advent wreath, symbolising eternal life.

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Overall, the advent wreath so symbolizes the immortality of the soul, as well as the new, modern life, which is promised by Christ.

The four candles

The four candles on the advent wreath are first and foremost for the four weeks of Advent. However, you have another symbolic meaning. The candles represent each a year, millennial period of time, which separates the creation of Adam and Eve and the birth of Christ.

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The candles on the advent wreath are different colors. The most common version includes three purple and one pink.

The candles are lit one after the other on Sundays. On the first Sunday in a burning two, in purple, the second – and third – three in this nuance. The pink candle is lit last Sunday, so on Christmas day. It corresponds with the clothes of the priest of who puts on a robe in Pink for the fair.

Overall consecutive lighting of the candles symbolizes the hope full anticipation of the birth of Christ.

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Advent wreath in the family

Usually, the advent wreath is one every Sunday on the table in each family. You light the candles, if everybody sit and are wide prayer. So it will run until Christmas.

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The modern advent wreath

Many people opt for a traditional laurel wreath with four candles. There are also many modern, decorative variants. We think that they all are beautiful and fit, as soon as the main idea of the advent wreath will keep on.

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