Sunday, 27 November 2011


is the first Sunday of Advent. Traditionally, Christmas Markets begin on the previous Friday and continue until Christmas Eve.

In neighbouring Letchworth Garden City, the Christmas season began with the switching on of festive lights and the first of many live events and Christmas markets..

Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness.  Today,  the first candle is lit on the Advent wreath. As the days grow shorter, more candles are lit, until there are four burning on the longest night of the winter solstice.

Some families also burn a yule log. This tradition goes back pre-Christian celebrations during Winter Solstice.