sample advent title graphic

This is a Christian themed coordinated web set I created based on the symbols associated with Advent.  Advent for Christians, refers to the four weeks before Christmas.  In many households and churches around the world, the traditional Advent wreath is part of the holiday season.  Four candles are placed on the table in a wreath of evergreens, one to be lighted on each of the four Sundays preceding Christmas.  Sometimes a central fifth candle is lighted on Christmas Day.   

Above you see a sample of how a web page title could be inserted into the Advent title image created for this set.  A blank of the title clip art is in the .zip file below.  If you don't have a graphic program capable of inserting a page title, e-mail me and I will do it for you as time allows.  Below you will find the candle and holly graphic divider and holly bullet designed for this page.  There are also fancy text clipart buttons with Advent candle side bars that are totally adjustable to your needs.   Advent coordinating navigation graphics that could be placed at the bottom of each page if appropriate are also included.

Advent divider

Advent holly bullet The lighting of the four candles during winter may well go back to the ancient fire wheel, lighted in the darkest time of year to lure the sun back and ensure another spring.
Advent holly bullet Each candle has a specific meaning associated with different aspects of the Advent story.  The first one almost always symbolizes expectant hope and is sometimes associated with prophecy.  The others are organized around characters or themes as a way to unfold the story and direct attention to the celebrations and worship in the season, such as Peace, Love, Joy.  The third (and sometimes fourth) is generally symbolic of Joy at the imminence of the coming of Christ.  A fifth, white or gold, candle -- called a "Christ Candle" -- is often lit in the center on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day to signify Christ's birth.
Advent holly bullet The color scheme and order of symbolic associations for the candles is largely arbitrary but several traditions have adopted them for the meaning they carry.  For Catholics and Protestants alike, the color of the first, second and fourth candles are purple (or blue), but the third is often rose-colored, to joyfully represent Gaudete Sunday with a less sombre liturgy. 
Advent holly bullet From the 4th century, the season was kept as a period of fasting as strict as that of Lent.  In the Anglican and Lutheran churches this fasting rule was later relaxed, with the Roman Catholic Church doing likewise later, but still keeping Advent as a season of penitence.  In addition to fasting, dancing and similar festivities were forbidden, and to the present day, in accordance with the symbolism of liturgical colors, purple vestments are worn at the church services, although in recent years blue has gained favor (to make Advent more distinctive from Lent, which continues to use violet), an apparent revival of the Sarum Rite, which dates from medieval England (Sarum being the Latin name for Salisbury, where the custom of using blue vestments at this time of year originated). In the Eastern churches, red is used.
Advent holly bullet A common way of marking the days of Advent, particularly among children, is an Advent Calendar, traditionally made of wood but today usually made of cardboard.  Typically, there is a tab that can be unsealed and raised for each day of Advent.  Something is hidden behind each tab, such as a devotional reading, a religious messages, a seasonal picture, a piece of candy, or a small item such as a toy or charm. 

Advent divider

left Advent candles Activity Button
Services button
E-mail button
right Advent candles

back button home button next button

Font used for the sample title and buttons above is called: "Anglican Text"

To save, you may download the .zip file which includes the Christian Advent graphics, clip art, instructions and HTML template.  Do not link to the graphics on this page!  Please note that this set is free to use on personal websites only (donations are always appreciated).  Those sites that hope to generate income (business site) there is a one time $10 minimum requested donation payable through Pay Pal.

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Whether it is a commercial or personal web site, a text link to this site MUST appear on all pages you use these designs on.  Below is a suggested format:

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