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Preparing for Advent and Christmas

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I was asked to write about one of the Advent or Christmas traditions in our family for an upcoming edition of our diocision paper,  The Catholic Chronicle.  After sending it off,  it occured to me that Advent is just around the corner and now is the time to prepare so we can all enjoy a peaceful season.  Mary Ellen has created a blog just to help us accomplish this.  O Night Divine!

Below is the article I submitted to the paper:

The Pregnant Candle

  In our family we enjoy many activities, feasts, and traditions revolving around the liturgical year.  Advent and Christmas particularly offer wonderful opportunities to bring the liturgical season alive.  Among the well known activities such as the advent wreath, Jesse tree, and building the crèche, our children list what we call “the pregnant candle” as their favorite.  It is essentially our pure white Christ candle that is placed in the middle of our advent wreath.  During the whole of advent, we cover the candle with a simple blue cloth.  This symbolizes the maternity of Mary, the time that she carried the unborn Christ under her heart.  In the early hours of Christmas morning when we return from midnight mass,  the children find the pure white Christ candle unveiled and lit, bringing light to an otherwise dark house.  Our Savior is born!


About Lisbet

We are a Catholic homeschooling family of 13. (so far!) We are devoted to our Lord and our faith, open to the blessings of children, and enjoy learning and growing together in our joyfully chaotic home.

2 responses »

  1. I LOVE the pregnant candle. I thought about adding this tradition, but I never got around to getting the candle. I might just have to get one anyway.

    God bless.


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