Once Advent has started, we celebrate a little more rambunctiously at our Sabbath table. For starters, we have an Advent silver wreath-shaped candle holder that sits in the middle of the table. Lots of people make an an Advent wreath from fresh greens. Either way, whichever you have, it’s a great tradition. Each week during the Sabbath liturgy, I light one more candle. So, week one I light one candle and then we put it out at the end of the meal. Week two I light the first week’s candle, then the new candle. Week three and four follow suit. And then Christmas Day I light the one in the middle, the candle for the Christ Child.
Now if you want to follow this exactly according to tradition, that will involve some purple and pink candles. I think Jim Jordan (maybe) has something about this somewhere. I remember finding some info on it a couple years ago. But we stick with white with a red candle in the middle, or vice versa.
Also, each Sabbath I usually have a treat for all the grandkids. The first week it is the Christmas jammies. This way they can wear them all month long. I hand out the Advent calendars sometime before December 1. The other Sabbaths I will give them each an ornament or something along those lines. One year I gave them each a gingerbread house kit, but I think this year we will stick with one per family. I made each one with each child, assembly line, and they turned out just beautifully. But I am streamlining this year.
Here is a great idea: One of my junior-high students at Logos said that at her house they have a very fun tradition. They cannot play Christmas music (even if it snows) before Thanksgiving. But they can fire it up while they are doing the Thanksgiving dishes! I love that because it is a real reward for the dish-duty crew. And I can’t think of a better way to launch into the Christmas Season than while you are up to your elbows in gravy boats, platters, and countless serving dishes.
But I’m not trying to rush Thanksgiving. It is a fabulous holiday. We got some snow here the past couple of days, so everything looks just gorgeous. But from the forecast it may be melting soon (which is quite all right with me). Sunshine is lovely too. Either way, enjoy the Thanksgiving celebration with all your might. It always blesses me to think of millions of people all eating the same menu on the same day!