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Advent

The Advent wreath is a Christmas tradition that came to Denmark from Germany around World War I.

The four candles of the Advent wreath symbolize the four Sundays of Advent before Christmas, and one candle is lit each Sunday. On the first Sunday of Advent - December 3rd this year - one candle is lit; on the second Sunday, both the first and a new candle are lit, and so forth.

Often, families gather around the Advent wreath, sing a couple of hymns, and enjoy each other's company, and maybe a couple of Æbleskiver (patience, we will talk more about these delicious little snacks later in December). 

 

Initially, purple ribbons were used for the Advent wreath, as it is the liturgical color for the Advent season. Today, all colors are used, but typically red and white. In the past, the Advent wreath was hung from the ceiling with ribbons, but now it is safely placed on the table.

The traditional fir wreath is also not a fixed tradition anymore. Nowadays, you can buy many different Advent candle holders that accommodate the four candles.

In collaboration with Georg Jensen

Georg Jensen

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