It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Chapter 11, Page 29, Book 09

Ma’s Christmas tip for the day:

Don't schedule yourself too tightly during the holidays. Before making an appointment, ask yourself, Can this wait until after Christmas?

On this the 1st Sunday of advent I’ll begin by describing our Advent Wreath.

The Advent wreath is a popular Advent custom that originated in Germany. It consists of four candles (three purple and one rose), surrounded by evergreen branches. One purple candle is lit the first week, two the second, two purple and one rose the third, and finally all four in the last week of Advent. The light of the candles signifies the light of Christ, Who will come into the world at Christmas. it was brought to the United States by German immigrants in the 19th century.

The Advent wreath helps us keep our thoughts focused on the coming of Christ at Christmas, so we should make it a part of our daily activities. The easiest way is to include it at our evening meal. You can light the candle, say a prayer or read a short scripture reading and leave the candle burning during the meal.

An example would be to read passage from the Prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 9:1-2, 5-6

This passage reminds us that Christ is our light, and that His Birth brought us out of the darkness of sin and saved us

One prayer for this first Sunday of Advent might be:

O God, pour forth thy blessing upon this wreath, and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from Thee abundant graces. Amen

It is a wonderful time to share the love of Jesus

He comes to us, not to protect us from the harshness of the world but to give us the courage and strength to bear it; not to take us away by some miracle from the conflict of life, but to give us peace—His peace—in our hearts

During Advent,
take time to see our children playing
take time to see the Christmas lights
take time to hear the carols message
take time to hear the crunch of snow
take time to tell the Jesus story
take time to speak to those alone
take time to feel, smell, and taste
life's too short to grumble
life's too short to worry
life is a gift . . . unwrap it!

Author Unknown to me but so very much appreciated.

‘On Ya’-ma


Sugar said...

nice advent decorations.
happy advent time to your home, my friend.
be blessed with warmth, love, happiness, & love...

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Great post today!!


Hollie said...

Wonderful entry! Thanks for sharing!

betty said...

beautiful entry Ma! I didn't realize the Advent Wreath originated from Germany, but I know my Polish mom/family made one/kept one as well

Isaiah is such a great book to read from during Advent too :)

thanks for the Christmas tip; I think people do get overwhelmed with all they need to do at this time of year and some things can wait until the hustle and bustle of Christmas day is over with


Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

What a wonderful post MA...and so very very true! What a great post to begin the Holy Holiday!! Thank you so much,

Kathy said...

Very interesting. I don't think I've seen an advent wreath before. I love the believe sign. I say them everywhere when I went shopping the other day. I even bought one to hang on our tree.

Buttercup said...

Great tip. I used to try to do more before Christmas, and now I try to do less and enjoy the time as much as possible.

Scrappy quilter said...

I love this post today. Hugs