The Second Sunday in Advent.
Advent comes from the Latin Adventus (Domini) meaning (Lord's) arrival, although a common misconception, especially among children, is that the word means "pending".
Advent is the initial period in the Western liturgical year.
Its historical roots, the Advent celebration in julfastan, a fixed period which reflected the Easter Lent, and like this was 40 days long and thus included six Sundays. This reflection of the Easter Lent lives on in Jesus' entry into Jerusalem is predikounderlag well on the first Sunday in Advent as on Palm Sunday. Traditionally, the church's Advent thus a time of fasting, preparation and anticipation for the celebration of Jesus' birth at Christmas. During the 1000's prompted julfastan term "Advent" and the time was set at four weeks.
Advent begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas and lasts until Christmas Eve.
The four Sundays before Christmas called Advent everyday first, second advent, and so on, or more formally, first, second, third and fourth Sunday of Advent.
When Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, as in 2005, Advent becomes long compared with the Christmas Day falls on a Monday, as in 2006.
The period up to Christmas Eve count down in different ways depending on tradition.
In the northern hemisphere, it is the darkest time, and many homes houses during this time an Advent candleholder with four candles, where a candle is lit for each Sunday in Advent, which passed.
Another countdown, popular among children, is Advent calendar. Advent is mixed in these contexts often associated with time 1 to 24 December.
As a harbinger for Christmas are many Advent stars in their fönster.Nuförtiden lit Christmas stars in almost every window during the Christmas period in December. This practice is not old, sometime in the 1880s, was hanged on the first Sunday of Advent star in Germany. It took about 50 years of tradition to reach Sweden. Nowadays, most electrically illuminated Christmas stars.
The star symbolizes the star of Bethlehem, the star that led the way for the Magi to the newborn baby Jesus in a stable manger. Today used the stars to spread the Christmas spirit and longing for Christmas Eve.