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Advent is a significant period in the Christian liturgical calendar, marking the anticipation and preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The term "advent" is derived from the Latin word "adventus," which means "coming." The observance of Advent can be traced back to the 4th century, encompassing a period of four weeks. During this time, Christians engage in prayer, reflection, and various religious customs aimed at fostering a deeper awareness and appreciation of the Christmas story.

In Norway, the observance of Advent has been historically intertwined with the nation's rich cultural and religious traditions. With the widespread adoption of Christianity in Norway during the 11th century, this pre-Christmas season became an integral part of the religious calendar. Key aspects of Advent in Norway include the use of an Advent calendar to countdown to Christmas Eve, the lighting of four candles to represent each Advent Sunday, and the use of specific hymns and Bible readings in churches. The relation of these elements to the broader Norwegian cultural landscape adds depth and significance to the Advent season in the country.

Norwegian families often practice different customs and traditions during Advent to prepare for and celebrate the holiday season. Typical activities include decorating homes with Advent stars, wreaths, and candelabras as symbols of hope and anticipation. Children may take part in "Juleverksted," or Christmas workshops, where they create ornaments and decorations. The Advent period in Norway commences on the first Sunday closest to November 30, which is traditionally recognized as St. Andrew's Day. The season concludes on December 24, Christmas Eve, when Norwegians gather with their families to partake in festive meals and celebrations.

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  • Each Sunday in Advent has a particular theme The first week is faithfulness, associated with Christ coming in final victory. The second and third Sundays, which feature the stories about John the Baptist, represent hope and joy. The fourth Sunday, which covers the events that led up to the birth of Jesus, represents love.
  • Many churches light a candle on an advent wreath each Sunday to represent each theme. The wreath is either suspended from the ceiling or sits on a table. It is made of evergreen branches and holds four candles - three purple for the first weeks of Advent and a pink one for the last week. A white Christ candle is placed in the center and will be lit on Christmas.
  • A common activity for children is to make Christmas ornaments. Many church Christmas trees are decorated with these ornaments that represent symbols in Christianity, like doves and fish.

Top things to do in Norway for Start of Advent

  • Decorate your home with evergreens or go to a 'Hanging of the Greens' church service. Church members decorate the church in preparation for Christmas.
  • Hang up an advent calendar. Many of these decorative pieces have little doors that open and reveal holiday images or have pockets with small items in them that reflect the season. They are especially popular with children who enjoy opening the little doors to reveal chocolates.

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