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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Advent Candles

We light a candle for each of the four Sundays of Advent and a fifth candle for Christmas Day. The first candle is placed in the east, and has stones, a crystal, and seashells about it. The second candle placed in the south has a mandarin, a few blue corn seeds, and a sprig of Noble pine near it. This coming Sunday, we'll light the third candle. Placed in the north, this candle will have miniature animal figures (an eagle, coyote, bear and penguin) placed about its base. The fourth candle, placed in the west and lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent, will have miniature people - dolls - resting at its base. On Christmas Morning, we light all the Sunday candles and the center candle which represents the crossroads or intersection of the candles and their properties (earth, plant, animal, humans). I have practiced this ritual with my children since they were babies. We still gather on Advent Sundays to light the candles and share a special meal.

The pictures below are actually the same picture, taken last Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent. Each picture has a different effect, except the last one - which is the original shot. I applied the watercolor effect on the third version- but to really see it best, click on the photo so it enlarges.







7 Comments:

Blogger Jack K. said...

Traditions are wonderful.

Thank you for sharing yours.

December 13, 2006 5:24 PM  
Blogger /t. said...

the bird
in both festive
& creative fine form
with
great pics, and a warm & wonderful bird family tradition -- i love candles, especially at christmas

thanks, bird, you've topped up my seasonal spirit!

/t.

December 13, 2006 5:25 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

yeah thats cool boyed. i am really glad you got the camera!

/grr

December 13, 2006 5:46 PM  
Blogger Percival said...

Yes, earth, plants, animals, humans... But what about Congressmen?

December 14, 2006 1:44 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

jack- i see you are back again from your travels. glad you are home safe and that you had a good visit with margaret.

/t. we candle pyromaniacs gotta stick together. i have about 20 burning right now. fire department is on its way.

delighted to see you my percy smercy.

god bless congressmen and women. but really, must they come to advent dinner?

dawg - i suppose at some point i will have to get photoshop and mess around a bit with that. at this point. i am just enjoying myself with the rudimentary stuff. i still have to study up on my camera's tutorial and put together a slide show of my thailand pictures - alas - i have 583 of 'em! hard to go through all those!

December 14, 2006 9:13 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Hey Bird Beauty! Nice celebrations.

Well, honey, git ready--this here will be third sunday of Advent--known by us ole' folks as Gaudete (rejoice) Sunday (hence lightin' the PINK candle.) See, onc't upon a time, Advent was a forty preparation similar to Lent. Christmas first celebrated as a feast in late 300s. (and on Dec 25th) Then Pope St. Nicholas I reduced it to only four weeks. The third Sunday rejoices--the Savior is near. Idea is to with with "joyful hope."

SO, yore babies is comin' ter hep you light the candles?

Fun photos.

December 16, 2006 11:01 AM  
Blogger Mayden's Voyage said...

Enjoyed this- I really did :)

December 17, 2006 5:05 PM  

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