THE COLUMNS – DECEMBER

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Did you know that Advent is not the same as Christmas? At church, Christmas begins on Christmas Day and is twelve days long (like the song!), and Advent is the time that begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. The word “advent” means “coming.” It’s the time that we prepare for and wait for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Things to talk about and think about during Advent:

• God’s people waited a really long time for Jesus to come to earth.
• The wait was worth it because God gave us Jesus to save us from our sins.
• We are waiting for Jesus to come to earth again.

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Another way to learn about Advent is to make an Advent Wreath with your family. It’s very easy and fairly inexpensive to make your own like the one pictured. Use the following information to guide your conversation while making your wreath.

• The circle of the wreath reminds us that God is so great that He never had a beginning and will never have an end. It also reminds us that God’s love for us will never end. 1 Chronicles 16:34
• The first candle that we light on the first Sunday during Advent is purple. It represents HOPE. Romans 15:13
• The second candle that is lit on the second Sunday during Advent is purple. It represents PEACE. John 16:33
• The third candle that is lit on the third Sunday during Advent is pink. It represents JOY. Psalm 66:1-3
• The fourth candle that is lit on the fourth Sunday during Advent is purple. It represents LOVE. John 3:16
• The fifth candle that is lit on Christmas Eve is white. It reminds us that Jesus is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD and that we can share that light with others. John 8:12

I hope these conversations will add to your family’s Christmas experience this year. It is so wonderful to see how
excited they get to learn more about our wonderful Savior!