We've always had an Advent wreath. Each Sunday, starting today, we light a candle. On the Sunday before Christmas, all of the candles are lit. On Christmas Eve we add another candle in the center and light it.
We have only one rule for lighting the wreath, and that's that all four of us have to be home when the candle is lit. It's nicest to light it at dinner, when it's dark outside and the candlelight is welcome. Some weeks we light the candle at lunch, and a couple of times we've lit it at breakfast, because that was the only time that worked with everybody's schedule. Tonight we're all home for dinner, and that's a good start. No matter how much decorating or shopping or baking I do, it's lighting the Advent candle - especially the first one - that makes me feel like Christmas really is coming.