In the past First Unitarian has celebrated Advent in a variety of ways, first offering traditional calendars to families and later offering creative calendars full of family activities that form a wreath with stickers.
Chalica, a unique UU candle celebration where rainbow candles are lit for each principle. Then Hanukkah, the Jewish celebration of the extension of light. The traditional Advent candles for Christmas are included. Some general quotes about winter lead up to the Winter Solstice, which has always been about the rebirth of light in the darkness. The calendar concludes with Kwanzaa, a cultural celebration of light.
It is my plan with my family to light a candle each night during this advent month and to read the quote. Then we will either cross it off or put a sticker on it. If we have time and inclination, we will talk about it or do some sort of activity related to it, but at the very minimum we will light our candle and read the quote. Just for this moment, we will allow the light to penetrate the darkness. Just for this moment, we will allow the wisdom sink in. Just in this moment of the busy holiday season, we will be still, together as a family. We may light special candles (rainbow candles for Chalica, the menorah, our Yule log), or we may just light a single candle every time.
I hope your family will consider doing this as well. We will have printed versions of the Advent calendar available on Sunday, and it is also available online at:
Additionally, we will be lighting the Advent candles during Sunday worship at First Unitarian. Traditionally, we have had families say a few words about the topic and light the candles together. We need families to volunteer for this honor. Please let me know as soon as possible if your family can do this and which date you would like:
- December 2 - HOPE
- December 9 - LOVE
- December 16 - JOY
- December 23 - PEACE
And may the spirit of light shine upon you this holiday season!