The season of Advent begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas. A season of preparation, it is a solemn time to make ready for the coming of Christ and Christmas. As a way to mark the coming of Christmas, the church may use an Advent Wreath containing five candles. On the first Sunday of Advent one candle is lit; on the second, two, and so on. Finally on Christmas Eve the fifth candle is lit, representing Christ, the light of the world.