The word Advent comes from the Latin adventus, which means "coming." In the Roman Catholic Church, it is the name of the four week season which begins with the first evening prayer of the Sunday which is closest to or November 30 (Feast Day of St. Andrew) and ends with the first evening prayer on Christmas Day. The meaning of this season is both to commemorate the Incarnation of Jesus and to celebrate the eventual Second Coming.
The Advent wreath is a circle holding four candles. Generally the color of all four candles is purple (although it is an increasing practice for the third candle to be pink or rose). These candles are lit in a special sequence during worship services on the four Sundays of Advent. A candle is lighted on the first Sunday of Advent, and on each successive Sunday an additional candle is lit. In recent years it has become customary to have a larger white candle in the center of the Advent wreath. This is often called the "Christ candle" and is lit at the Christmas Eve services and on Christmas Day.
However you and your family celebrate, our family is wishing you a wonderful holiday season! God Bless!