Scheduling is an important factor in observing and celebrating Advent. Advent begins every year on the Sunday nearest to the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, November 30. There are four Sundays in Advent. The Advent wreath in church is lit on the First Sunday of Advent at the Saturday evening vigil Mass and then at all Sunday Masses. On the Second, Third, and Fourth Sundays of Advent a candle is added for each Sunday. Prayers are said with the lighting of the Advent Wreath and vary slightly from Sunday to Sunday. The recipe for the Advent wreath included in this blog is ideally made before the First Sunday of Advent. However one can "catch up" and make it before the second, third or fourth Sunday. The wreath will last for years, so consider a late Advent Wreath for this year as an early one for next!
During the next weeks of Advent I will be adding new posts to this blog. There will be recipes from Advent 2009 and 2010. Except for the Advent Wreath, all recipes should be available a few days or even a few weeks before the feast day! This way if you like a recipe and want to try it, you can work it into your schedule. Please let me know as this blog develops what is helpful and ways you think it could be made better.