Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful

Christmas 2012

source site Cayley and some of her friends worshiping.  Cayley is playing the guitar.  May you too prepare to worship the King this Christmas season.  Blessings.

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By: John F. Wade

Oh, come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant!
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the king of angels:
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”

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What Is Advent? Keeping the Savior in the Season

Our Advent wreath with the first purple candle lite.

One of our family traditions during December is reading an Advent devotion together as a family.  I enjoy Advent as it is a time to slow down the busyness of the day during the Christmas holiday and refocus my attention on the meaning of the “CHRIST”mas season.

What is Advent?

Advent comes from the Latin adventus and means “coming.” It’s a time to prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, while at the same time eagerly looking forward to His coming return.

The symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful. The wreath is made of various evergreens forming a never-ending circle, signifying continuous life. The wreath is attributed to Martin Luther.  Four candles (three purple and one pink/rose) are placed on the wreath, representing the four Sundays of Advent. A fifth white candle is placed in the center of the wreath.

NOTE: The candle symbolism , order, and names differ among many.

When Does Advent Begin?

The four weeks of Advent, beginning the Sunday nearest November though midnight Christmas Eve.  The weeks represent the four great “comings” of Christ.  The first is His coming in the flesh, His birth, which we celebrate on Christmas Day.  The second is His coming into the hearts of all who believe in Him.  The third is His coming at the hour of death to the faithful, and the fourth is His coming at the final judgment.

I find myself enjoying this family tradition more each year as I reflect on the rich symbolisms, the fulfilled prophecies, and the names of my Messiah.  Advent is so much more than a tradition as it is a time of spiritual cleansing and growth in Christ.

There are so many great Advent resources available and it doesn’t matter what you use so long as it works for your family.  This year we are using  enter Bartholomew’s Passage by Arnold Ytreeide,   source Adornments by Family Life Today,  and go here A Family Advent, Keeping the Savior in the Season.

Jon has been in Portland this week but faithfully he has Skyped us to read  Bartholomew’s Passage.  

Cayley and I are reading this devotion together during school. Notice the miniature advent holder I found for my girls, it’s so cute.


These Advent books hold the attention of children 8+ and each evening ends with a cliff hanger having the children asking for more. We truly have enjoyed these books for the past eight years and alternate them.


These picture ornaments tell the names of Christ. The ones hanging are Lamb of God and Good Shepherd. There is a scripture reference and devotion for each ornament. Best of all they are durable and non breakable for small hands.

Why the different colored Candles?

Purple has traditionally been the primary color of Advent,  symbolizing prayer, repentance, preparing, and fasting. Purple is also the color of royalty, demonstrating the anticipation and reception of the coming King celebrated during Advent.  Pink or rose is one of the colors of Advent used during the third Sunday. Pink represents joy or rejoicing and reveals a shift in the season away from repentance and toward celebration. Indeed incredible joy awaits us with the arrival of the Christ chile.   White is the color at the center, representing purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. Also, those who receive Christ as Savior are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow.

This season I hope you and your family will draw closer to Christ as He loves you so much.  He came humbly as a child and died to give you life.  My hope is that by understanding what Advent is and the rich symbolism behind it your heart will experience the magic of Christmas anew.  May an Advent tradition helps us not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.  Jesus is the reason for the Season.  Blessings.

Zilker Park Trail of Lights Are Back

Another fun outing our family does during Christmas in Austin is the Trail of Lights.  Honestly it’s not very Christ centered but none the less it’s a fun family outing.  Below are the details.

December 16-23, 2012
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Zilker Park
2201 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, Texas 78746

While you are out at Zilker it’s hard to not miss the Zilker Christmas tree of lights.  It’s fun to stand under the lights and spin round and round for FREE.  The Zilker Tree Stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights. At the top of the tree, a double star measures 10 feet from point to point. The double star displays 150 frosted bulbs. This unique spiral pattern of lights was created by City of Austin electricians. At its circumference, the tree measures 380 feet. The diameter is 120 feet. The base of the tree is made up of 19 utility poles, each 14 feet tall, arranged in a circle around the Moonlight Tower.