So the time of year is coming up to Christmas, everyone realises they haven’t bought any presents yet and now we have Advent to remind us.
Now I know that this isn’t really celebrated or known in the UK, so let me explain a little bit about this fairly nice tradition.
Advent is the time before Christmas and it’s part of the holy season of the Christian church. Advent literally translates as ‘coming’ and serves as a reminder of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting that Christians today endure as they await the second coming of Jesus the Christ.
These days it’s mainly seen as a run up to Christmas, as Advent is celebrated on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The four Sundays of advent are often traditionally celebrated with four candles with one to be lit each Sunday. The tradition of the Advent calender also comes from Advent. Traditionally Advent calenders start on the 1st of December and lead all the way until the 25th.
Advent is celebrated in most European countries, especially northern ones, like Scandinavia.
Ein Lichtlein brennt.
Erst Eins, dann zwei, dann drei, dann vier,
dann steht Weihnachten vor der Tuer.
Happy 1. Advent! :D