RACINE — The Knights of Columbus will kick off the Christmas season with the annual “Spread the Light of Christ” celebration Tuesday, Dec. 5.
K of C Councils throughout the U.S. invite everyone to light their Nativity scene, Advent wreath, outdoor display or Christmas tree at 8 p.m. The lighting of the Christmas tree can be just part of the celebration ceremony, as many activities such as caroling, prayer or snacks and refreshments may be included.
Begin the ceremony with the blessing of an Advent wreath and the lighting of its candles as well as blessing Nativity scenes.
Using an Advent wreath as a focal point for a family’s prayers and holiday celebrations is a way for a family to celebrate and prepare for the birth of Jesus. An Advent wreath is generally made with leaves of laurel, spruce or similar foliage and with four candles assembled at equal distance from one another.
Each candle is successively lit during the weeks of Advent to symbolize the light that Christ’s birth brings to the world. Traditionally three of the candles are purple, the color of kings and of penance, while one is rose, signifying a break of joyful expectation on the third Sunday of Advent.
Families generally gather around the Advent wreath daily before the evening meal, light the candles and pray together. At Christmas the penitential season is over and the time to rejoice is at hand. Transform the Advent wreath into a Christmas wreath. Replace the original candles with long red candles (to be lit at breakfast on Christmas morning), red ribbon and other festive decorations.