Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Advent




My friend Kristine's brother painted this beautiful Advent calendar for her family. I have to admit I didn't even know what Advent was. Apparently it was started by the German Lutheran's to start on the 4th Sunday before Christmas as preparation for the second coming and to commemorate the first coming of Christ. Windows hide a toy or chocolate for children until Christmas day. There are special readings etc... Do any of you participate in Advent?



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25 comments:

  1. Wow! That is an amazing painting...just beautiful!

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  2. YES, My family has forever but we're LUTHERANS!! hehe

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  3. Yes, I was raised Lutheran, we have a special service each week on Wednesday nights.

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  4. I don't fully understand the tradition but I think that it would be great for me to learn it!

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  5. I didn't learn about Advent until about 8-10 years ago and we celebrate it. It adds focus on the immaterial meaning of Christmas in a world that so driven by getting more and more stuff. We light candles on an Advent wreath and read the nativity story a little at a time.

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  6. Yes, I grew up celebrating advent and we have carried on the tradition with our boys. We have an advent calendar at our house with little boxes that I put a chocolates into. Each night, we either read part of a childrens christmas bible story, or straight from the bible before enjoying the chocolate.
    I'll be sharing about this next week as part of my first linky party (highlighting traditions)next week on my blog. I hope you'll stop by next Wed. and link up some of your family christmas traditions!

    Cheers!

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  7. Jiminy! You know I would lose all those little ornaments in a heartbeat! It is a sweet tradition and I wish I had done that with my kids growing up. But we had our own traditions like Tamales and staying up till midnite and playing with lots and lots and lots of cousins! Hahaha!

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  8. I have never seen one quite like this..very nice. i only love the advent calender for the treat I must admit! We had a Santa face and each day the kids took a turn to add a cotton ball to his beard, by Christmas he ad a fill beard! My daughter (inherited) it a little early! Come say hi :D

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  9. We do. We do it a little different but we have an advent manger with doors that open and we read things each day. The kids love it and would give me a hard time if we didn't do it!!

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  10. Beautiful. This is our first year with our advent calendar. We are really enjoying it.

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  11. Lovely painting! No, we don't celebrate advent, although I do appreciate the significance. I think it's only a common practice in certain denominations.

    I bet your 'chickies' are getting excited, aren't they? Blessings, Becky

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  12. That is a gorgeous advent calendar. What a treasure.
    We do an advent box calendar thing that has candy. Each day the girls open the door for a piece of candy.

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  13. That is so beautiful! Hoping to be organized enough to do an Advent calendar next year!

    Janet

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  14. Very neat painting! I worked for a Lutheran mothers day out for a few years, otherwise I would have had no idea its history, either!

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  15. I love that! What a gorgeous painting:) My kids love our advent calendar. It is by far the highlight of their morning in December.

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  16. A lovely painting...and I think it's a wonderful tradition:)

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  17. Advent calendars were started by the German Lutherans, but the season of advent dates back to the early church. It's a large part of Catholic and Anglican worship still and begins the liturgical year in Western churches. (I think the Eastern church begin sometime in Sept). We love advent at our house, and have a calendar as well as an advent wreath we do every Sunday.
    Sorry for such a long answer! And it is a really beautiful advent calendar. Thanks for visitng my blog earlier. :)

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  18. With a family of Lutherans, we've celebrated Advent for a long time. I'd like for my kids to grasp it better, though.
    This is such a unique and wonderful painting! I've always had the little paper kind, with the windows that open to reveal names of God.

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  19. We do :) It really helps me see Christmas as a preparation for His coming... the beginning... and helps me connect with the kiddos!

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  20. Yep, and it's a ton of fun and an awesome way to count down to Jesus' birth...to celebrate Him!! My mom made us a quilted calendar last year and I love it. (It's fun to put a verse in each day too :))

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  21. Yep, we're Catholic and we're all about Advent at Christmas time! We don't have a calendar for the kids because all of the premade ones have chocolate in them and my son is allergic to dairy so he can't have chocolate...I need to make a homemade one next year so I can determine which little gifts the kids get each day (not just chocolate)...

    :) T

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  22. Yes, we do Advent and I m German and Lutheran so it comes natural. It is fun and there are endless possibilities to make a Advent calander or a wreath.

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  23. I still have mine from when I was little, it was one that avon used to sell, and my mom was the avon lady, John grew up with the same one because my mom sold one to his mom...weird haha. Anyway this year I decided to finally make my own the kids love the little surprises every mornin...they sell some cute ones at Target right now too!

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  24. I am not Lutheren, but have enjoyed the advent calendars for many years! Now that my kids have homes of their own, I make sure they each have an advent calendar each year!

    I would LOVE to secure an advent calendar hand painted by your friends brother!!! Does he paint them for sale??

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