Well, it's the first advent, first of december, tweaked my layout a little bit, so it fits the snowy white mood. Well, we have no snow right here in Bavaria, but maybe around Christmas there will be some snow fall, at least i hope so: what is Christmas without snow ( unless you're on the Bahamas ).
Let's see how the first advent is defined:
The Christian church year begins with Advent (from the Latin adventus meaning coming or arrival) which is also a time when Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest November 30 (St. Andrew's Day) and lasts until Christmas Eve.
Advent has been celebrated since the 500's CE. For many centuries, it was a strict observance marked by penitence. Gradually, this time has become more joyful as Christ's coming is celebrated and preparations are made for his Second Coming.
Clergy typically wear royal purple or royal blue vestments during Advent. Many churches also include an advent wreath in their Advent services. The wreath consists of four candles (three purple and one rose) arranged in a circle of evergreen which symbolizes eternal life.