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All Saints' Day

 

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All Souls Day

Day of the Dead

 

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National Sandwich Day (RECIPES)

 

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Daylight Saving Time Ends

 

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National Cappuccino Day

 

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National Greek Yogurt Day (RECIPES)

 

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National Vanilla Cupcake Day (RECIPES) BONUS Magnolia Cupcake RECIPE/VIDEO

 

11

 

Veteran's Day

 

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13

 

Diwali

World Kindness Day

 

14

 

National Pickle Day

World Diabetes Day

 

15

 

America Recycles Day

 

16

 

International Day for Tolerance

 

17

 

National Homemade Bread Day

 

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19

 

International Men's Day

 

20

 

Universal Children's Day

NATIONAL ABSURDITY DAY

 

21

 

Great American Smokeout

World Television Day

 

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23

 

National Eat a Cranberry Day (RECIPES)

 

24

 

National Sardines Day

 

25

 

Thanksgiving Day (Co-op is Closed)

Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderly FREE Thanksgiving Dinners

Turkey Trot

 

26

 

Black Friday

Hancock Christmas Walk

 

27

 

Small Business Saturday (Tips & Hints)

 

28

 

National French Toast Day (RECIPES)

Advent Season Begins

Hanukkah Season (November 28th to December 6th)

 

29

 

National Lemon Cream Pie Day (RECIPE)

Cyber Monday

 

30

 

Giving Tuesday

 
    

November 28, 2021

Advent Season Begins

In Western Christianity, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30. The season of Advent lasts through Christmas Eve, or December 24. When Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, it is the last or fourth Sunday of Advent.

In Eastern Orthodox churches, which use the Julian calendar, Advent begins earlier, on November 15, and lasts 40 days, rather than 4 weeks.

Advent Calendar Dates for 2021
November 28 - First Sunday of Advent
December 5 - Second Sunday of Advent
December 12 - Third Sunday of Advent
December 19 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

For denominations that celebrate Advent, the holiday marks the beginning of the church's liturgical year. Advent is primarily observed in churches that adhere to an ecclesiastical calendar of liturgical seasons, feasts, memorials, fasts, and holy days. Those churches include Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican / Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian.

The season of Advent is a period of both repentance and celebration. Christians spend time in spiritual preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Believers remember not only Christ's first coming to earth as a human baby but also celebrate his continued presence with us today through the Holy Spirit. Advent is also a time for worshipers to anticipate his return at the Second Coming of Christ.

The word "advent" comes from the Latin term "adventus" which means "arrival" or "coming," particularly the arrival of something or someone of great significance.

The lighting of an Advent Wreath is a traditional custom that originated in 16th-century Germany. On the branches of the wreath are four candles: three purple and one pink candle. In the center of the wreath sits a white candle.

The Candles of the Advent Wreath
On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple (or violet) candle is lit. This is called the "Prophecy Candle" and recalls the prophets, particularly Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Jesus Christ. It represents hope or expectation of the coming Messiah.

Each Sunday following, an additional candle is lit. On the second Sunday of Advent, the second purple candle called the "Bethlehem Candle," is lit. This candle represents love and symbolizes Christ's manger.

On the third Sunday of Advent, the pink (or rose) candle is lit. This Sunday is called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word meaning "rejoice." The change from purple to pink signifies the transition in season from repentance to celebration. The pink candle is called the "Shepherds Candle" and represents joy.


The last purple candle is called the "Angels Candle," It is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent and represents peace.

Traditionally, on Christmas Eve, the white center candle is lit. This "Christ Candle" represents the life of Jesus Christ that has come to light the world. It represents purity.

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