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Whether you love the tradition of the Advent wreath, or you are drawn to creative challenges and change the Advent decor every year with innovative decorations, always make it a point to beautify your home.

The exceptionality of this period will caress your soul, and the crown of joy will be all kinds of meetings, whether with family members or friends. Many traditions are associated with this time, which are honored by both believers and non-believers.

Advent itself ends on Christmas Day, its length varies between 22 and 28 days (depending on the calculation of its beginning, which changes every year). The next day, December 25 (the Nativity), begins the Christmas season, which ends on the Sunday following January 6 (the Epiphany).

Advent will begin under cloudy skies. The snow will return next week

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Decorate the wreaths

Advent wreaths with candles are an essential decoration of these days. Always pay attention to safety, carefully check that the metal cup is firmly placed under the candle, which will not allow the candle to burn into the body of the wreath.

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You can buy a wreath, but you can also make it.

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What do the colors on the candles mean?

As a rule, we have an Advent candlestick conceived in a certain style, some people put up with red candles, while others prefer silver or gold ones.

In the original concept, candles have different colors that express certain symbolism:

1. Iron Sunday: November 27

On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle was lit, the so-called candles of the prophets. The candle is a memorial to the prophets who predicted the birth of Jesus Christ.

2. Bronze Sunday: December 4

On the second Sunday of Advent came the second purple candle, the so-called Bethlehem, which represents love and represents Jesus’ manger.

3. Silver Sunday: December 11

On the third Sunday of Advent, a pink candle is lit, the so-called pastoral, expressing joy that the season of Lent is almost over and the season of Advent is taking on a more festive character.

4. Golden Sunday: December 18

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we will light the last purple candle, the so-called angelic, which represents peace and tranquility. The fourth Sunday of Advent may fall on Christmas Day. Remember that on the last Sunday of Advent and on Christmas Day, all four candles should be burning.

Don’t forget the barbies!

On the feast of St. Barbory, on December 4, the tradition of cutting barbory, i.e. twigs of mostly cherry (cherry) trees and shrubs (e.g. honeysuckle), which can bloom before Christmas, took hold. Dogwoods, quinces, early viburnums are also suitable. According to tradition, the so-called barberry, which bloomed at Christmas, brings happiness to the house and predicts marriage for girls about to get married.

Immerse the cut twigs in a bath of warm water (about 20 °C) for a few hours and then put them in a vase with water and a product that promotes flowering (e.g. Floravit-A, Septonex with a little sugar). To keep the flowers fresh as long as possible, change the water with the accelerator every 5 to 7 days.

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Don’t forget the barbies, too.

Why is there mistletoe at home?

At the time of Advent, mistletoe is a decoration in many households, which is supposed to bring happiness and blessings to the house, and according to the Celts, also fertility. Kissing under a sprig of mistletoe is supposed to ensure mutual love until next Christmas.

In countries with a Celtic tradition, holly and ivy are also used for Advent and Christmas decorations to protect the home from witches and evil spirits.

Readers’ Christmas parade – we are looking for a symbol of Christmas

Christmas is symbolized differently in every family. Somewhere, they take out of the closet a nativity scene that has been kept for generations, decorate the windows here, and elsewhere hang a wreath of pine on the door. What is the symbol of Christmas for you? What you need to prepare to be able to say, “Well, it’s Christmas again.” Share a bit of your holiday spirit in our traditional Christmas parade!

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