Giving Thanks for....Advent

Today I am taking time to give thanks for Advent

Advent is 
1. The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important

2. Advent 
a. The liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in Eastern churches in mid-November, and observed by many Christians as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence.
b. Christianity The coming of Jesus at the Incarnation. (From The Free Dictionary)

A time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

Advent candles (From Suite 101)
An advent wreath includes five candles. There are four candles, one for each Sunday leading to Christmas and a fifth candle for Christmas day. The central candle is usually a large white pillar candle, others are generally purple or pink.

Advent (in pictures and words via the world wide web)

From here 

From BHG


The Advent Virus 

An Anonymous (email)

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.
Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:
  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
  • An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  • A loss of interest in judging other people.
  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  • A loss of interest in conflict.
  • A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  • Frequent attacks of smiling.
  • An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  • An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems. Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.

Best wishes always,
Natasha In Oz.


  1. Lovely candles Natasha! and I think I also have The Advent Virus. thank you for sharing that.

  2. Awesome post, Natasha! I enjoyed seeing all of the advent candles and ways to display them, each a favorite. And the advent virus was a lot of fun!
    Happy Wednesday! :-)


  3. I welcome the advent virus!!!

    I especially love the arrangement with the blue tinsel. They're all gorgeous though.

  4. I want to catch the virus instead of the flue virus we have here!!! this one is much better!lovely post thank you. CATHERINE

  5. Beautiful post Natasha! My eyes have been peeled for a ebautiful advent calendar this year. The candles may be the ticket!!

  6. Thanks for this post. I have been decorating and shopping need to remind myself why I am doing all of this. I need to get together my advent wreath and calender!

  7. The virus has hit over here too. We're into the frequent attacks of smiling and letting things happen phase! Do not give antidote. Repeat! DO NOT GIVE ANTIDOTE!
    Got my Christmas tree today and tomorrow am going to giggle with my no longer ill children and dance around to christmas carols. Christmas in my own house for the first time in 14 years!!! YAY! It must be that advent laughter setting in!!! ;-)

  8. Some neat neat ideas. I did an advent candle/wreath one year. I'm usually always late ... used to be more than punctual...not sure what happened. Anyway, I may try to fix a nice one up ... some good ideas on your blog!! I'm posting some 'stories' on my blog. You'll have to let me know what you think. :) Jenn

  9. Lovely post! I do believe I have a bad case of this very virus! Have a great day!

  10. Thanks-you are the 3rd person today to let me know. I have been working on it since yesterday--


  11. Love the idea of Advent candles for my home. Didn't think of that one, I am going to work it in this year. Thanks for sharing, and hope you have some of Santa's elves coming to visit your home this year! We have had so much fun over the years with this idea. It makes for great memories.

  12. Thank you for the reminder Natasha...we must have advent candles at home too, I will attend to it immediately...it seems these traditions fade with time...but its wonderful people like you that are able to resurrect its importance and inspire us of the need to appreciate its purpose... Thank you so much !

    PS : The Birthday comment mysteriously re-appeared just now....so no need to repost it : ) ...Thank you ! : )

  13. What beautiful candles! Thanks for stopping by my bloggie today!!

  14. I was just researching what advent actually meant - thanks for the comepleltely clearing that up! We bought our first advent on the first. Which, we should go see right now...

  15. Ahh, LOVE that top photo! Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the advent info, it was very interesting.

    I did keep getting side tracked with your left sidebar FULL of goodies!! LOVE LOVE all those pics! ;)

  16. Natasha,
    If this post can't get my inspired to start some meaningful Christmas traditions, I don't know what will! ;0)

    Celebrating Advent is definitely one thing I want to revive this year. Love the anonymous email!

  17. This is SUCH a lovely post...if the rest of your blog is half as wonderful as this post, you have a new favorite follower:)
    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!



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