The Christmas season starts with Advent in Hungary. Advent is a 4 weeks period before Christmas, which is a church festival. In this time people are preparing their spirits for Christmas. The festival begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve and many families make a wreath for Advent, which they decorated with branch of pine and four candles, (one for each week). The first candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent and on each following Sunday a further one so that by Christmas all four candles are lit.