Thursday, October 21, 2010

The end is near.

Choctaw - Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito.
The waxing is done and Tom will be here soon to buff and polish me one more time. He uses a special mixture of waxes to achieve the smooth finish that characterizes the collection and hand rubs each figure with a cotton cloth. This finish will last for years. The softer sheen of the waxed figure allows the beauty of the wood to show. Tom says the finish is “in the wood not on the wood”. How do I look? I am not the only Holiday Visitor carved this year. Here is a class picture. Were you able to pick me out? I am still the good looking one in the middle. Tom has done some different things this year, nativities, birds and several sets of Wise Men. Here are pictures of his new carvings. I found some interesting things about Advent. I thought you might enjoy them.

It cannot be determined with any degree of certainty when the celebration of Advent was first introduced into the Church. The preparation for the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord was not held before the feast itself existed.

One of the earliest references to Christmas being celebrated on December 25 appeared in Antioch in the middle of the second century. At that time, Christians were still persecuted. An official determination was made in the fourth century, when the Roman emperor Constantine embraced Christianity, thereby ensuring the legality of Christmas celebrations. The Council of Tours in 567 established the period of Advent as a time of fasting before Christmas. They also proclaimed the twelve days from Christmas to Epiphany a sacred, festive season.

According to present usage [1910], Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays. The first Sunday may be as early as November 27th, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as December 3rd, giving the season only twenty-one days.

The popular idea that the four weeks of Advent symbolize the four thousand years of darkness in which the world was enveloped before the coming of Christ finds no confirmation in the Liturgy.

The familiar carol "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" belongs to the Advent season since it celebrates the expectation of Christ's coming rather than His actual birth.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Nick....all of Tom's carvings are wonderful but you ARE the best-looking one in that bunch....the "leader of the pack", for sure!!!