The season of Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, begins when the first candle in the advent candelabra is lit on the First Sunday of Advent. Advent, the anticipation of and the countdown to Christmas, is a big deal in Scandinavia. Most people will decorate their homes with an array of Advent paraphernalia.
Lighting the four candles on a wreath is a major part of the Advent festivity, especially in Denmark. Scandinavians have a long tradition of using candles in the dark days of December as a sign of hope for the warm days of spring. They sure knows best how to brighten the darkest time of the year!