Sunday, November 29, 2009


November 29th and we are celebrating the first Sunday in Advent.
In summer we have blond nights,in Advent time both dusk and dawn are dark blue.
The seven lights are shining from window candlesticks all over Norway, in private as well as public buildings. It's pure magic how young and old, rich and poor, businessmen, military, seamen in ferries and passenger boats, police, hospitals, all, choose to place these lights of waiting and expectation wherever they stay.
Some wants to make us believe that faith and hope are dead, that Christmas is just good for business. The advent sticks tell otherwise.

Originated by MaryT, check hers for today.


Amrita said...

Hi Felisol, the advent se3ason is full of excitement and expectation. The candles symbolize the brightness of the season and joy. This is special tradition indeed.

I like the video, sharing Christ 's love around the w orld

Jada's Gigi said...

Beautiful! I love the lights of Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Lovely reflection in your window!

Kim, USA said...

Love your post! Thumbs up and hats off. Yesterday at church the priest lighted the fist candle of advent and he talk about hope and faith too. I love your picture too.

My RubyTuesday

eden said...

Such a beautiful post for RT. I love the lights and its refection.

Leora said...

Enjoy your holiday time! Looks lovely. So many holidays of lights in the dark days of December. We look forward to Chanukah on Dec. 11.

Gunsside said...

Beutiful photo grat light :)

Ralph said...

Advent is a season of wonder, of waiting for the arrival of the Lord. You are right, we live in such a secular society and this season seems to be shunned. But all believers understand the giving nature of God, and that a savior is a wonderful gift we have received. The candles show bright, the sacred light from above. Happy Advent!

Marites said...

the first pic is beautiful! thanks for sharing of the video. Sometimes, we forget the significance of Advent and this is really a good reminder. Happy RT!

MaR said...

Love your lights and your shot. The colors are amazing! enjoy the advent season.
Happy RT, mine is posted here.

Ivon said...

Merry Christmas young lady! I wish you joy and happiness for you and your family. Your post was delightful. I enjoyed the music on your video, but could not understand the words, but the pictures told the story. Thanks for sharing.

Robin said...

What a beautiful glow they cast against the deep blue of the sky. It must be very special to see the lights shining out wherever you look.

marian said...

what a beautiful tradition

Hootin Anni said...

That is a gorgeous photo with the reflections and all!!!

Happy Ruby entry is holiday--a continuation of one I did several weeks's finished now, and decorating our mantle!! come see HERE

Constance said...

Thanks for sharing about your Advent over at my post. Sending a prayer for you and your family to have a very Blessed Christmas season! Merry Christmas my new friend across the miles!

Dianne said...

the reflections of the candles are beautiful!

Marice said...

wow thats lovely Felisol! thanks much for sharing!

u may view mine if u have time

Margaret Gosden said...

Great reflections on the Christmas season!

Patti said...

What a beautiful post, Felisol.

I love the lights of the Christmas season. They do brighten up the short hours of daylight at this time of year.
Our pastor lit the first candle on the Advent wreath Sunday.

Advent is a beautiful time. I love December because of the anticipation of Jesus' birth, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and because it's my birthday and my daughter's birthday soon afterward.
She was born on my birthday. ;-)

Terry said...

aw and easter!
the two times of the year that even the atheist must surely see the proof that there is a god above and a saviour for them..theirs for the taking if only they would!
these candles shining all over norway are such a good testimony.
by the sounds of it, a person can't turn any way without seeing them!

1. All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

2. Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
All things bright ...

3. The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And order'd their estate.
All things bright ...

4. The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;−
All things bright ...

5. The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,−
He made them every one:
All things bright ...

6. The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;−
All things bright ...

7. He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
All things bright ...

Crown of Beauty said...

This picture brought tears to my eyes. For the beauty of hope that it depicts. Such a lovely picture against the blue sky.

The pictures of the seven candles, and the four candles of advent that you shared are truly beautiful. More than what my physical eyes can see, my spiritual eyes see something deeper.

My heart reaches out to you this first week of Advent, my dear Norwegian sister, Elise!


Trish said...

So beautiful, your traditions! I always enjoy learning about them Felisol...thank you.