How quickly this last year has passed! Now we're already at the second Sunday of Advent and my purple Advent candles are once again nowhere to be found.
I thought I would post once more this little tribute to red candles on an Advent wreath (yes, I know, not liturgically correct, but don't pink and purple really conjure up more of Easter than Christmas? Just sayin... )
When it comes to Advent wreaths, my memories go back to my childhood in a German-American family. My Catholic grandparents brought the tradition with them from the old country. The Advent wreath held a place of honor in those "pre" and early Vatican II days, and the candles were always red. I know that some say this is a Lutheran German tradition, but our Catholic family always had an Advent wreath. And there was nary a pink candle in sight! It seems that our Holy Father adheres to the same custom:
Here's a shot of my Advent wreath: