Sunday, December 13, 2009

Oh, Joy!

Today marks the 3rd Sunday before Christ's birth day, and so Emma got to light the 3rd candle, symbolic of joy, and colored pink (historically, "rose").

Have you ever wondered why this candle is pink, while the rest are purple?
The use of the color rose has a strange origin. Long ago, the pope had the custom of giving someone a rose on the fourth Sunday in Lent. This led the Roman Catholic clergy to wear rose-colored vestments on that Sunday. The effect was to give some relief the solemnity of Lent, so this was a very popular custom. Originally—before shopping malls—Advent was a solemn fast in preparation for Christmas, so the custom was extended to the third Sunday in Advent to liven it up a little bit, too. Somewhere in there the third candle of the Advent wreath turned pink. Advent is no longer solemn and the pope no longer has the custom of giving out roses, though. (As far as I know - I guess I can check with my Catholic friends...)
It is kind of odd to think that a Methodist would put a pink candle in a Lutheran Advent wreath because the pope used to have the custom of giving out roses, but we have to all realize that no matter what religion we are, we are all intertwined!
Most Christian church members have switched the pink to the 4th sunday before Christmas, or changed the pink candle to blue, but with an Emma in the house, well, we just assume celebrate like Catholics and keep it pink :)
(For more info on advent, click HERE)

Anyway, it is a short time until Christmas day! The wisemen may have been packing for their journey, or already have started off! Exciting!
Today indeed turned out warmer than expected, and I sucessfully got all the Thanksgiving/Fall decor up in the attic {JOY!} (with help from hubby!) and he even found another couple totes of Christmas decor! Oops! I wondered where those candy canes went...
BUT, I ended up "winterizing" my front garden. It was looking rather "haunted house-ish" with the brown plants from the frost. I also raked up all the wood chips and leaves and trimmed the plants that are staying put for the season. My Sunburst Coreopsis has taken control of the whole bed, and I ended up pulling dozens of them out (somehow still green...) and spraying several more. :(
Anyhow, it looks a lot better now and you can see more of our cute little Christmas-y porch. {More JOY!}
Hope to see you on it soon!

Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem, singing. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
Isaiah 35:10

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