Fours Sundays’ before Christmas it’s time to light the first of four advent candles. This is a tradition I’ve never seen in the UK but I stick by it as it’s very popular in Sweden. It’s a really nice tradition and I love candles so this is a great excuse to light even more than the ones I already have in my room.
Short history of the tradition
The advent candles tradition started in Germany. It started off with 28 candles in a so called advent Christmas tree where 7 candles were lit every Sunday leading up to Christmas. From this, the advent candle tradition derived, only lighting one candle each Sunday. Later it spread to the Scandinavian countries, possibly even more, and it’s still a popular tradition in Sweden. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t own a advent candle holder in Sweden.
This year’s advent candles
Normally you would have four stick candles, in a candle holder, decorated with fake moss, Santa’s little helpers and other cute Christmas decorations. As Advent candles isn’t a UK tradition I can’t find these special candle holders anywhere but IKEA is a good shout. They usually have block candles numbered 1-4 and I’ve bought these the last few years. This year I couldn’t find any so picked up these Christmassy candles and kept the decoration minimalistic – none!
These days there are so many different ways of making advent candle decorations. As long as you use four candles, the only thing stopping you is your imagination. Why not make more than one and keep in different rooms.
Have you lit the first advent candle yet?