There are many ways to engage your congregation and community during Advent and Christmas and we invite you to download and share some of the Advent resources we have gathered.  Also scroll down and take our Advent quiz to see how much you really know about Advent.   

Advent

Advent - the season that begins the year on the Christian calendar - is a time of remembrance and anticipation of Christ's coming.  

An Advent Song of Ascents

This devotional series takes a deeper look into the true meaning of Christmas and the Advent season.

What do the candles in our Advent wreath mean?

Have you wondered what the candles on the Advent wreath really mean?  This fun and informative article will answer your questions and more.

Free Christmas social media shareables

Please download and share any of these custom graphics the Texas Annual Conference has put together for you this Christmas Season.

Social Media Graphics

Share a message of peace, hope and love this Advent by using these social media graphics on your church's or your personal Facebook page. 

Advent is the season leading up to Christmas. It is 28 days of preparation. This year, we're inviting you to prepare by looking for the visual reminders of God's presence... daily.


1. What does the word Advent (from the Latin adventus) mean?

Before Christmas
Arrival or coming
To go on an adventure
A website for online Christmas coupons All of the above

2. True or False: Like the 40 days of Lent, Advent is a fixed number of days before Christmas.

True False

3. Which of these Advent hymns was written by Charles Wesley?

“Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming” “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” “Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
“Hail to the Lord's Anointed”

4. Who originated Watch Night services?

Martin Luther
John Wesley
John the Baptist
Henry VIII
President William McKinley

5. According to tradition, approximately how far did Mary travel to visit Elizabeth?

10 miles 50 miles 100 miles 500 miles

6. Why are the Advent candles arranged in the shape of a circle?

They make a wreath, and wreaths are Christmassy. It is the easiest way to see all four candles.
It takes up the least space.
Circles symbolize eternity.

None of the above.

7. What is a Jesse Tree?

Another name for a Christmas tree The tree decorated with Chrismons
A tree that blossoms at Christmastime A representation of Jesus' family tree

8. On the third Sunday in Advent, some churches light a pink candle in the Advent wreath. Why?

Pink (or rose) is a color of joy.
Pink signifies Mary.
It represents the positive outlook we have in Christ. The rose color symbolizes Jesus’ childhood.
The rosebud is a sign of new birth.

9. Do you know how the Advent calendar began?

Chalk lines were drawn on the door to mark the days. Religious families hung pictures on the wall, one for each day. A candle was lit for each of the 24 days in December.
A mother fixed candies on a cardboard calendar for her son. All of the above

10. What is the meaning of the Hebrew word “Emmanuel”?

Mighty king Christ child
God with us
All of the above None of the above


To download a printable PDF of the quiz click here
To take one of our other quizzes,visit:  www.UMC.org/quizzes
 

Answers to the Advent Quiz


1. What does the word Advent (from the Latin adventus) mean?

Arrival / coming

2. True or false: Like the 40 days of Lent, Advent is a fixed number of days before Christmas.

False

3. Which of these Advent hymns was written by Charles Wesley?

"Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"

4. Who originated Watch Night services?

John Wesley

5. According to tradition, approximately how far did Mary travel to visit Elizabeth?

100 miles

6. Why are the Advent candles arranged in the shape of a circle?

Circles symbolize eternity.

7. What is a Jesse Tree?

A representation of Jesus' family tree

8. On the third Sunday in Advent, some churches light a pink candle in the Advent wreath. Why?

Pink (or rose) is a color of joy.

9. Do you know how the Advent calendar began?

All of the above

10. What is the meaning of the Hebrew word “Emmanuel”?

God with us

1. What does the word Advent (from the Latin adventus) mean?

Before Christmas
Arrival or coming
To go on an adventure
A website for online Christmas coupons All of the above

2. True or False: Like the 40 days of Lent, Advent is a fixed number of days before Christmas.

True False

3. Which of these Advent hymns was written by Charles Wesley?

“Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming” “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” “Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
“Hail to the Lord's Anointed”

4. Who originated Watch Night services?

Martin Luther
John Wesley
John the Baptist
Henry VIII
President William McKinley

5. According to tradition, approximately how far did Mary travel to visit Elizabeth?

10 miles 50 miles 100 miles 500 miles

6. Why are the Advent candles arranged in the shape of a circle?

They make a wreath, and wreaths are Christmassy. It is the easiest way to see all four candles.
It takes up the least space.
Circles symbolize eternity.

None of the above.

7. What is a Jesse Tree?

Another name for a Christmas tree The tree decorated with Chrismons
A tree that blossoms at Christmastime A representation of Jesus' family tree

8. On the third Sunday in Advent, some churches light a pink candle in the Advent wreath. Why?

Pink (or rose) is a color of joy.
Pink signifies Mary.
It represents the positive outlook we have in Christ. The rose color symbolizes Jesus’ childhood.
The rosebud is a sign of new birth.

9. Do you know how the Advent calendar began?

Chalk lines were drawn on the door to mark the days. Religious families hung pictures on the wall, one for each day. A candle was lit for each of the 24 days in December.
A mother fixed candies on a cardboard calendar for her son. All of the above

10. What is the meaning of the Hebrew word “Emmanuel”?

Mighty king Christ child
God with us
All of the above None of the above


To download a printable PDF of the quiz click here
To take one of our other quizzes,visit:  www.UMC.org/quizzes