The Tradition Of Advent


One month until the Christmas advent countdown, that year went fast

Do you know the tradition of advent?

This is my interpretation from growing up in a Church Of England home, please share with me if you have different interpretations


Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas

Sometimes it is described as the days leading up to Christmas, 01st December til the 24th

In the Christian calendar, which is where my learning of advent comes from. Advent Sunday can be anything from the 27th November,  to the 3rd December

Advent only starts on the 1st December when Christmas Day is on a Wednesday

The four Sundays and weeks of Advent are used to prepare and remember the meaning of Christmas


Advent Calendars

Advent calendars are for the 24 or 25 days of December, before Christmas

Take a look at my favourite ones this year 

In the 19th century Christmas was counted down by marking 24 chalk lines on a door and rubbing one off every day in December

The first calendar with chocolate in, were only made in 1958

Although they only became really popular in the 1980’s

Before then they just revealed a Christmas story picture behind each door

The most expensive advent calendar was made of diamonds and silver  by a jewellers in Belgium in 2010


Advent Candles

There are two different types of candles used to count down to Christmas Day in Advent

The first looks like a normal candle, but has the days up to Christmas Day marked down the candle

On the first of December the candle is lit and burnt down to the first line

The same is done every day and then the rest of the candle is burnt on Christmas day

The other is known as an advent crown or wreath

It will display 4 smaller candles, one for each Sunday, there will typically be 1 larger candle as well which is separate

Each of the small candles are lit on the 4 Sunday’s leading up to Christmas

With the largest 1 being lit on Christmas day


The Tradition Of Advent

Advent can be a busy time for all of us, lots of shopping and preparations to make for Christmas day

Lots of people like to plan in advance so they have time to relax over the festive period

I try and get as much shopping and present buying arranged in the months leading up to December


Let me know in the comments how prepared are you this year for Christmas, have you started or even finished your Christmas shopping yet?


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The Tradition Of Advent



  1. bev
    01/11/2018 / 09:24

    It means something entirely different to me as a pagan. Lighted candles are placed in a circle and requests made to the god of light to turn the sun back towards the earth. (and warm it up a bit!) There’s some evidence that pre-christian Germanic people made a sort-of-wreath with the same intent.

  2. Bev
    01/11/2018 / 09:26

    BTW – I didn’t want to offend anyone – not looking to start a religious argument!

    • admin
      01/11/2018 / 09:38

      No offence whatsoever, I love to hear how different people have different interpretations and views of worship in all religions x

  3. A S,Edinburgh
    01/11/2018 / 22:38

    I’m somewhat prepared, but I do need to check how much I’ve got left to do. Thanks for all the facts; most of them are new to me! I don’t really mark Advent for myself, but I like the candles, they’re beautiful.

  4. Amy simpson
    02/11/2018 / 08:03

    I’m not religious,but i celebrate the count down to xmas x

  5. bev
    02/11/2018 / 09:15

    Oh I’m so glad you weren’t offended! I do of course also use chocolate to celebrate advent haha!

  6. Wendy Tolhurst
    03/11/2018 / 17:16

    I am not overly prepared yet for Christmas but that is because things will be somewhat different this year. My sister, her husband, my niece and her husband and my nephew are all flying from Canada to England for Christmas and have rented a large property in Dorset where they and my family and my brother and his step-daughter can all spend Christmas together. We have agreed that, rather than buying lots of presents that will need transporting either across the country or even across the Atlantic, we are doing a Secret Santa, so everyone will get one present. I have just been informed that I can book my Tesco delivery soon for the Christmas period, but will need to organise delivery to Dorset. I’m looking forward to Christmas but feel I will have less control, and therefore feel less organised than normal. Incidentally, I go to a Church of England church and your meaning of Advent is much the same as mine.

  7. Helen Thurston
    04/11/2018 / 00:04

    I’m possibly more prepared for Christmas this year than the last few – but then again we are going for a more low key one this year. I’m making my own wreath again this year, and the tree and decorations don’t go up until about two weeks beforehand. My daughters usually get a chocolate advent calendar each but this year they’re happy for us to buy a candle advent for the whole family. I remember watching Blue Peter when I was younger and them showing you how to make your advent crown – I seem to remember wire coathangers and tinsel (which was probably a horrendous fire hazard looking back on it!)

  8. Dragonfly63
    04/11/2018 / 15:12

    I love Advent, the build-up to Christmas is magical, I don’t even mind if there are no presents or big meal on Christmas Day. Thanks for the explanation of what it means to you.

    08/11/2018 / 12:38

    I love this post..and i must say i had an old fashioned advent calendar last year…it reminded me of when i was little and was all glittery with beautiful pictures of christmas behind each door. I also had an advent candle too.

  10. Sheila Reeves (CakeReev)
    10/11/2018 / 08:09

    I should be more organised – but I’m not! think this year will be the first where we don’t buy Advent calendars as both boys are now grown-up, finished University and earning (YAY!!)

  11. emma g
    12/11/2018 / 14:50

    beautiful pictures

  12. Chloe Taylor
    12/11/2018 / 20:23

    I’m very prepared with presents bought and wrapped! I love Christmas and get so excited buying for family and friends xx

  13. 13/11/2018 / 11:59

    Interesting read and I agree with you I think. Advent is a really special time of year for us as a family and we always try to spend time together as much as we can

  14. Iris Tilley
    14/11/2018 / 11:47

    It’s good to catch up with the meaning of Advent refresh and learn at same time

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