Two Candles

Today is the second Advent Sunday.

We usually have an Advent wreath but this year, Mummy wanted to try something different.  I suppose it is still four candles without the wreath.img_0576

May’s comment: Advent comes from the Latin word ‘adventus‘ – a time of waiting for the arrival of Christmas.

A candle is lit each subsequent week until the last Sunday before Christmas – when all four candles are lit. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent.

According to some, each candle symbolises a virtue. The first candle symbolises expectation. The second is hope, the third joy and the fourth candle is purity. Some advent wreaths have five candles – the last one in the middle which is lit on the eve of Christmas or the morning of – a reminder that Jesus is the light of the world.img_0569A Scandinavian interpretation of an advent wreath.


  1. Elizabeth Burman

    Always love your pre Christmas blogs Miss D. Could you remind us when it’s Hanukkah. I have some Jewish friends and I like to wish them Happy Hanukkah, but I’m never quite sure when it starts. I just know it’s a bit before Christmas!

    • Miss Darcy

      Thank you! This year the first day of Hanukkah starts around Christmas Eve, I believe! So there will be a lot of candles around Christmas time!

  2. Daniel Hall

    How did you get Darcy and George to pose so nicely while close to burning candles? It is a very well composed photo with them on either side of the candles surrounded by pine cones. Seeing the photo reminds me of a very long time ago Christmas when a dog was one of my Christmas presents. My first dog. What a fun, great dog. Lived for about 12 years. Happy holidays.

    • Miss Darcy

      That must have been a very special Christmas. If there’s one but if training that I did well was to teach them to pose.

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