So Advent was always a favorite holiday season of mine, even possibly better than the Christmas season because it was the anticipation of Christmas, rather than the period afterwards. As a kid we used to read the story of the nativity one book at a time until we got to Christmas Day and I always looked forward to lighting the advent candles at dinner.
Making an Advent Wreath
This will be Will’s first year celebrating the season so I wanted to make it special but I had an IMPOSSIBLE time finding an advent wreath anywhere! So I decided to use the little crafting ability I have (which is not a lot) to make my own.
What I used:
- A pie stand from our wedding
- 4 candles from a home goods store (3 purples and a pink)
- Christmas garland purchased and loose pine cones at JoAnn’s
I arranged my candles and wrapped the garland around, I did have to do some arranging and cutting to get it just right but I think it turned out quite nicely.
Advent is the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day. It is a period of waiting, much like Lent, in which you are preparing your self spiritually for the birth of Jesus. In my household we say a prayer as we lit the Advent candles right before dinner and let it burned throught the evening.
Here are the dates for the 2016 Advent Season:
- Sunday, November 27th – purple candle
- Sunday, December 4th – purple candle
- Sunday, December 11th – rose candle (The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration; rose symbolizes joy and represents the happiness at the waiting for Jesus’ birth on Christmas Day)
- Sunday, December 18th – purple candle
Do you have any pre-Christmas traditions?