November 29, 2009

Quotable Sunday - First Day of Advent: Hope


Today marks the First day of Advent.  While it's not something that we traditionally did as kids, aside from having one of the fun Advent Calendars to mark down the 24 Days of Christmas and a much more elaborate one of these Swedish Angel Chimes:
My Swedish Great-Grandmother followed a lot of those traditions when we were growing up, so I'd like to keep some of those same (and nice warm fuzzy memory) traditions alive with Princess Nagger.  She gets a kick out of the cute little Swedish Angel chimes we have, and tonight we'll light the first candle.

One of these days I'd love to get one of these:

Though the whole St. Lucia tradition isn't something I remember doing as a kid - sure, the Lucia Day Feast on December 13th, but beyond that we didn't follow a lot of the traditions, rather following the 'Americanized' traditions instead.  It doesn't matter what we do, Princess Nagger loves anything and everything having to do with Christmas - and all the fun it entails. Although I bet she'd get a kick out of wearing a wreath on her head with candles!

The first week of Advent is "Hope" - so for this week's Quotable Sunday  I've found some great quotes on 'Hope'...enjoy!

“Symbolizing eternal hope, the wreath goes 'round and 'round, And where it starts or ends cannot be found. Woven of things that grow - for life, and hung for holiday delight The wreath must be left in place From Advent through Twelfth Night.”
Unknown

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
Eskimo Proverb

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Albert Einstein

“In all things it is better to hope than to despair”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself... 'How did I get through all of that?'”
Unknown

“Hope is the dream of a soul awake.”
French Proverb

“May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy.”
Unknown



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24 Random Sassy Comments:

Peggy said...

Great quotes for the beginning of the Christmas season!

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy.”
What a nice way to start the week!

Leah said...

I love those quotes and look forward to reading more on Advent.

CatLadyLarew said...

Nothing says Christmas like the Angel Chimes!

Martha in PA said...

I love the brilliant Albert Einstein's quote -“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Albert Einstein, but I also love the Eskimo Proverb.

Tara loves doing advent calendars. That reminds me I need to get some candy to fill up the one we used last year! We have a really cute Disney one too.

I loved Advent growning up, for years they had special nightime services at church each week, and my favorite time was the lighting of the candles. I might start something new here tonight...since I am having trouble getting Tara interested in attending church. I think my mom would enjoy it too! Thanks for giving me and IDEA!

otin said...

"Only by using hope as fuel, can we keep an optimistic engine running"- Otin.

Have a great Sunday!

Granny Annie said...

Beautiful post. The beginning of Advent is always emotional for me. You have reminded us here of why it fills our hearts and moves us forward into the real meaning of Christmas.

buffalodick said...

Traditions can define where we came from... I respect all traditions from all races colors and creeds..

Vodka Logic said...

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Albert Einstein

Love it, thanks for sharing.

I like the new blog look.. the snow is genius

Joshlin said...

Very fitting! Advent is a great time of year and you have honored it well. I can feel your Christmas Spirit!

Brian Miller said...

love that wilde quote...no matter where we are, its still about perspective. hope you and yours have a great sunday!

LT said...

Hard to believe it's Advent already! It is something we celebrated in my Church every year!
I love all the quotes today, but this one jumped out at me:
“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

Love the holiday blog theme too!!

tanya904 said...

Beautiful quotes I really loved the Oscar Wilde quote
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Shelley said...

Nice seasonal blog template :)

Thanks for the quotes...I really like the one about being in the gutter :)

Happy Sunday

Shelley said...

Nice seasonal blog template :)

Thanks for the quotes...I really like the one about being in the gutter :)

Happy Sunday

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Simple words that mean so much...

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Albert Einstein

Happy Sunday Stacy!

Nancy Campbell said...

Nice quotes, Stacy. We're doing an advent wreath for the first time this year...Owen made it out of play dough with birthday candles at his preschool.

Justine said...

It is a great tradition and I think it's neat you're keeping it going!

Justine :o )

Yaya said...

We did Advent growing up. I always enjoyed it.

Jaime said...

great quotes. i really like the einstein one.

Secretia said...

The week of hope, is the week we need whenever we feel desperate. maybe it would be good to keep an advent candle in sight at all times..

Secretia

Marla said...

What a lovely post. Really lifted my spirits. Good job!

Lady Mama said...

It's such a magical time for kids. Love the quotes. The Oscar Wilde one is my favourite.

bernthis said...

i really need to print this one and post it on my computer. I need the hope. I have it today. It's maintaining it that is hard

kyooty said...

We missed the advent celebration at mass this week but the boys did study some advent in Sunday School. We had one of those angel chime. I'd love to find "refillable" candles for the one my parents had. we used to love watching it twirl.