The rites which surround Advent are very important for us. I know people, priests included, who pour scorn on the whole Advent Wreath and candles bit, but to my mind it is important to heighten the changes in the Church's liturgy (and yes, before I am innundated by complaints, I know that it is para-liturgy). We do have senses and it seems more sensible to use vaguely tried and tested images, and not make them up as we go along. My only sadness so far is that I have not been able to find a stuffed robin. It has always been my practice to put a stuffed robin on my Advent Wreath.
So we have our Advent Wreath. Rather spiffy if you ask me.