Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Traditions and some gorgoeus Advent Calendars

Welcome Christmas friends to my very first post for my 
12 Days of Christmas Traditions Series!

12 Days of Christmas Traditions ~ Advent Calendars

I thought it would be perfect to start with a post all about Advent, since many of us are today putting up/out our Advent calendars and candles.

12 Days of Christmas Traditions ~ Advent Calendars

Advent is known as being the the liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in Eastern churches in mid-November, and observed by many Christians as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence. (From The Free Dictionary) It is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. (From Wikipedia)

For Christians, the church year begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, the first day of Advent.
It is believed that the tradition of lighting candles to signify the four weeks of Advent  was derived from Scandinavian pagan rituals and adopted by the Germanic states during the late Middle Ages. Lighting candles during the Christmas season dates back to pre-Christian Europe, when fire and candle-lighting rituals heralded the return of the sun after the winter solstice. Early Christians kept the traditions but changed their significance--instead of the sun, they heralded the coming of the Son. E-How

Die erste Kerze

An advent wreath includes four, sometime five candles.In the Catholic Church, the three purple candles have come to signify the repentance that must occur before Christ's arrival. A rose-colored candle is lit at on the third week of Advent and signifies the celebration of the mid-point of the preparation. The optional 5th white candle signifies the purity of Christ and is lit on Christmas Day.

Often, Christian churches will use the lighting of the Advent candles to remember an Advent event, such as: waiting for the coming of Christ (prophecies of his birth), preparing for Christ's birth (the angel tells the shepherds and Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem), preparing to worship Christ (the Three Wise Men travel to see the baby) and celebrating Christ's birth (Jesus is born).

Advent candles can mean so many things to so many people. So long as we remember that they stand for Hope, Love, Joy and Peace then they will always be a special part of the Christmas season for everyone!

Un calendrier de l'avent avec des bûches de bouleau, des chiffres en papier et des surprises au sommet

To finish, I just want to share an email that I'm sure many of you have already seen before. I first posted about it in 2009 at my main blog here:

An Anonymous (email)

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus: 

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences. 
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment. 
A loss of interest in judging other people. 
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others. 
A loss of interest in conflict. 
A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.) 
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation. 
Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature. 
Frequent attacks of smiling. 
An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen. 
An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it. 

Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems. Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.

Thanks so much for visiting today, the first day of my 
12 Days of Christmas Traditions series!

If you would like to join in today and link up your Advent posts please feel free! No need to link back to me but if you would like to link up to me I would be honoured. I just want to Keep the Christmas Spirit Alive and for us all to share our love of Christmas with each other.

Thanks for linking up! Please come back soon to see what other fun Christmassy posts have been linked up.

If you would like to join in with the series, just click here to see the full program. I hope you will be back again tomorrow to share some candy cane inspiration

Isn't this the most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Blessings and best Christmas wishes,


  1. SUPER Cute Blog! My sweet Christmas friend Natasha, I am EXCITED to be your newest follower!!! And excited to link up my Simple Advent! I'd LOVE for you to return the love. :)

    Aimee from

  2. Hi Natasha! I have joined the Linky. I was so eagerly awaiting for this to begin! Thanks for having such a wonderful blog and Linky Party. This is so awesome! Blessings to you, friend :)

  3. Woops! After reading your program rules, I see now that the first Linky is to be Advent calendars. 'Sorry about that. Since we have no Advent calendar, I hope our Christmas wreath is OK :)

  4. Love this post. So many wonderful ways to incorporate Advent wreaths or should say candles into the Christmas celebration. I used to love doing on out of a log. Husband would split and sand one edge then drill the 4 holes for candles on top. I just laid it on the table added candles and a few pieces of pine and some red berries for color. Loved it that way. Been a long time since I have done one like that no. I just may have to make me another one like it.

    I loved the count down calenders also , especially the one made with matchboxes/ Love any project that uses recycled items.


    Me encantó tu blog!!...
    Cariños desde Buenos Aires...

  6. Love the beautiful array of advent calendars! So pleased to have caught the advent bug...looking forward to continued Christmas cheer!!!

  7. Love the examples of Advent Calendars. It's hard to believe that Dec. 1st is here.


  8. This is a wonderful post, Natasha. I really enjoyed seeing all the ideas of recognizing Advent.

  9. So many wonderful ideas for decorating the home for Christmas.
    I just saw an Advent calendar of wine bottles each wrapped with a number...oh my I would never be ready for Christmas if I was opening those Advent treats.

  10. What a great post on Advent and such beautiful ideas! Love the picture of your son. He's such a cutie!! xoxoxo

  11. I love the one made with a "tree" wonderful idea! Happy Holidays to you!

  12. incredible ideas!! your boy is a cutie :)

  13. So many great ideas!! Thank you so much for letting me now about it!

  14. Beautiful! Thanks for linking up, Natasha :) x

  15. Beautiful - especially all the candles!

    deb @ home life simplified

  16. Thank you for directing me here (FINALLY FOUND IT...LOL) I have been busy visiting all those who have linked up so far and enjoyed every minute. What a lovely place you have created here and I thank you for all your help, kind and encouraging words with getting me moving again. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  17. Love these advent ideas!! I'm in the process of making something for next year.

    Thanks for sharing this on Take it on Tuesday blog hop!!

  18. Just over from serenity you. It's amazing what ideas are out there. I've been struggling with a table centre piece so may base one from here. Hope you join our christmas party - link top right of blog.

    well off to work!


  19. Wow what a fabulous site!! Those Advent wreath and calendars are so amazing. I love the unique and modern touches to some of them. Thanks for pointing me over here!

  20. Love these ideas

    Thanks for linking up to serenity Saturday. Hope you can join us again this week

    Natasha xx

  21. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas," 1976

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