The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God.
The Advent season begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). If Christmas Eve is a Sunday, it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas Eve proper beginning at sundown.
It is a common tradition to light candles during Advent, and if you celebrate the season, we are pleased to offer an elegant Advent Log. Handmade from birch logs by Josiah Evans, and includes 5 PartyLite votive candles in traditional* colors with glass candle holders. Limited quantities available!!!
*There is plenty of tradition behind the colors of the candles, and we don't know nearly enough to explain it all—it's a great research project!—but here is the order in which we light the candles (and the general meaning of each).