Advent is practiced with a wreath of greens, a living circle, containing candles successively lit throughout the Advent period. It is the time of waiting in darkness for the coming of the light that ties the so-called Christian observance of Advent to ancient paganism.
The circular Advent Wreath and its candles are pre-Christian. They are both a Pagan practice absorbed into Christianity, like many other Pagan rites as Christian conversion spread across Europe.The Advent Wreath originated with the ancient Celtic people of Germany and Scandinavia. Their worship practices were tied to the rhythms of the earth, with the sun holding a central place of importance.
At the Winter Solstice, (the day with the shortest amount of daylight Dec. 21st-25th) the Celts prayed for the sun’s return and the reassurance that spring would come.
With very little change the symbol of light in the darkness, rebirth of the sun, was easy to use to fuse together with the birth of the Son of God bringing the light to the world.
"No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Luke 16:13).
May the Lord add a blessing to the consideration of His Word.