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Advent calendars were popular with immigrant families.
They usually are comprised of little windows or houses with flaps to be opened each day of the month of December up to, and including, Christmas day. Behind these flaps was a poem, scripture, fortune, or piece of chocolate candy. Each day this tradition would be a ritual to open the little door for that particular date and receive a reward or verse. Children relished this wonderful tradition, and families still celebrate the twenty-five days leading to Christmas with advent calendars to this very day.

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The Season of Advent Traditions

In the Western Christian tradition Advent is the start of the Christian year, beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve. If Christmas Eve is on Sunday it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent until sundown when Christmas Eve begins.

The idea of Advent is to prepare for the Second Coming while remembering the First Coming of Christ at Christmas.

The four Sundays of Advent are often celebrated by the gradual lighting of four candles (the coming of light into the world). Children can be involved in an Advent wreath by helping create a circle of evergreen branches, representing everlasting life. The candles will be placed in this circle of evergreen branches (A Wreath). Gathering seedpods, nuts, and cones for decoration remind us of the symbol of resurrection.

Historically, the Advent color is purple, a sign of penance, however, some churches are now using blue. For the third Sunday a rose candle is used to represent a time of less penance and more rejoicing.

On the first Sunday of Advent, light one candle, the second Sunday two candles are lit; Third Sunday two purple and one rose candle are lit and on the fourth Sunday light all candles.

Eastern churches do not have a Season of Advent, but do follow the original forty-day routine of fasting, prayer and reflection.

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Snowman Waving From the Top of The World My vote is to have Christmas traditions all year round. You see at Christmas time most people at least the ones I have met, always change just a little for the better around Christmas. I do not know whether or not it is the great yuletide Christmas carols, the festive atmosphere everywhere you go, or just some hidden part in all of us that screams out,
You see, somewhere deep down inside we all believe in something better than we now have or see, and most of us feel a lot better when we help someone. Whether the person is in need or not, this feeling is what I call the feeling of Christmas, and we all should strive to feel this way all year long.

The feeling of the Christmas holidays is truly all about family, friends and celebrating all things good.

The Lord's birthday is swiftly coming
Christmas carols we're merrily humming,
Adoration and harmony spreads worldwide
As we eagerly await the happy Yuletide.

Enhance your Christmas, with Christmas poems and stories highlighted with your favorite Christmas carols. Christmas traditions are fast becoming a family way of life.
Poems are a simple way of inspiring others to join in on the Christmas traditions that love and poems bring to this Christmas holiday.

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