Today starts Advent, the four weeks that lead up to Christmas, and at our house that means candlelight dinners. How I love that! Yes, we have an advent wreath and it sits on our dining room table every year. But instead of lighting it only on Sundays, we light it up every night while we eat. For me, it is a daily reminder of where the focus of the holiday should be ~ on Christ. And on Sundays when we light another candle, we read a scripture about what that candle represents before we bless our meal. In December in the Red Farmhouse, evening meals are enjoyed by candlelight, even if takeout pizza is on the menu.
Just so you know, the advent wreath is a circle of evergreens representing eternal life. It is adored with three purple candles representing Mary & Joseph, the Wise Men, and the Shepherds. The pink candle signifies the Angels that announced Jesus' birth to the world. The center white candle is lit on Christmas morning and represents Christ. It is the birthday candle. We save these white candles from each year and decorate with them in clusters at Christmas time.