This is the magical time of year I anticipated as a child, and now my children do. Advent :). It is the countdown, 4 Sundays before Christmas Eve, or Solstice. Today we lit our first candle.
Even though I do not come from a religious family, we always celebrated Advent, in our own way. I do with my family. Our wreath is not alive, since we cannot gather our our pine boughs close by. But we have our wonderful little wreath, we add real little treasure to it every years for our celebratons.
"Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt,
Dann steht das Christkind vor der Tuer."
I found this wonderful description of Advent, both the Christian and the Pagan way :).
Find your way to this wonderful tradition, whatever it may be..