2015 Advent Season

  1. Advent is the season observed by some Christians to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, the day set aside to acknowledge and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ- whom Christians believe is both God incarnate and the Messiah.
  2. The Advent season usually lasts four weeks beginning  on the Sunday nearest to November 30 and ending Christmas Eve.
  3. On an Advent wreath containing only four candles each candle usually represents one of the following virtues or themes: hope/anticipation, peace, joy and love.
  4. When five candles are used the fifth candle represents Jesus Christ-Savior, Redeemer and the only One  capable of reconciling humankind to God-Creator.
  5. Historically, the season was marked by calls for deep contemplation and reflection about spiritual things.
  6. The gifts given on Christmas or Christmas Eve are suppose to symbolize and remind us of God’s love, sacrifice  and great gift to humanity: Jesus Christ. That is why it is not the cost of a Christmas gift that matters. The value of a Christmas gift is inherent in the spirit in which the gift is offered.and received.

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