Advent is a blessed and magical time of year and children experience this deeply. Building a family ritual around Advent helps to slow down our busy lives, bring a special moment into the day, and prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas.
Each night of Advent, families can gather around an Advent wreath to sing a song, light the candles on the wreath, and recite a verse in a simple, meaningful celebration. Reading an Advent story (such as those in The Christmas Story Book published by Floris books) is another element one can add to the evening tradition. Each week of Advent an additional candle is lighted on the wreath until at the 4th Sunday, all four candles stand glowing.
Verse for Lighting the Advent Wreath
The first light of Advent
Is the light of stones.
The light that shines in seashells,
Crystals and in bones.
The second light of Advent
Is the light of plants.
Plants that reach up to the sun
And in the breezes dance.
The third light of Advent
Is the light of beasts.
The light of hope that we see
In the greatest and in the least.
The fourth light of Advent
Is the light of man.
The light of Love, the light of thought,
To give and understand.
Contributed by Anna Claire Novotny.