Lights on the tree, Advent activity 3

Who doesn’t like looking at lights on a tree? Be it all colors or just a soft white light. I remember when I was a teen, the boy I was dating, his family tradition was to sleep under the tree after getting it up after Thanksgiving. They always included me in this tradition and I loved it. Falling asleep looking up at the lights and feeling warm and safe.

So how did we get the tradition of putting lights on the tree? Well the story goes in the early 1500s a professor named Martin Luther was walking in the woods one December night and as he looked up through the evergreens he could see the stars, they looked like they were lighting up the trees! He was in awe of the beauty God had placed before him and wanted to find a way to describe it but wasn’t sure. Suddenly he decided to chop down a small evergreen and rushed home with the idea to place candles on the tree to try to capture the vision he saw in the woods. Once the candles were placed his children were in awe of the sight and so the tradition was born!

Well aren’t you glad we don’t use candles anymore! Thank goodness for modern technology ๐Ÿ™‚ So our activity was to get our son his very own tree for his room.

Today is the 1st Sunday of Advent so the Hope candle or Prophecy candle was lit. We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep his promises made to us. Romans 15: 12-13

Day 3 of the Count down to Christmas Scriptures: In the 6th month of Elizabeth’s ( John the Baptist’s mother) pregnancy, God send the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town of Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendent of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. Luke 1:26-27


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