The advent wreath is a wonderful Christmas tradition that the whole family can participate in. It is also a really simple, affordable and beautiful decoration for the dinning table.
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In the past our family has celebrated the Advent season like anyone else by embracing the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, not truly realizing that there was another way. Once the season was over we were often left feeling empty and depleted and it seemed that Christ, the reason for the season, was not the focal point of our hearts, but just sprinkled in where it was convenient. For us that meant weekly church services, the Christmas program, and reading the Christmas story then praying before opening presents on Christmas morning. But my heart yearned for more, something different, slower, quieter, that truly prepared our hearts for Christ.
It is true what is always said that once you become a mother you look at things differently. This year I found myself reflecting on our Advent seasons and longing to leave a different legacy for our children. One where Christ is the centre of our celebration. Which is why we are celebrating Advent and incorporating the tradition of the Advent wreath. You can read more about how we are celebrating Advent here.
Traditionally the Advent wreath was created by a German pastor as a way to engage children in the Advent season in a way they could understand the meaning of Advent. There are 5 candles, 3 purple, 1 pink, and 1 white. Each candle symbolizes a new theme of advent: Hope (Purple), Love (Purple), Joy (Pink), Peace (Purple) and Christ’s coming on Christmas day (White). The wreath symbolizes the eternity of Gods reign and our everlasting life in Him. Today the Advent wreath is still used in some churches, in fact I grew up with the advent wreath, but it is more rare to see in the modern church which is why we wanted to incorporate it in our home.
The Advent wreath itself is simple to make all you need is a wreath, 4 taper candles, 1 pillar candle, and candle holders. Then before you read your family devotion for the day you light the candle for that week and the past weeks. Then by Christmas Day all the candles will be lit. For ideas on devotionals I recommend reading my post: An Advent Revival: Our Family Traditions and Resources for This Advent Season
To Make You will Need…
1 Wreath – We pick ours up at the local grocery store
4 Taper Candles* (Traditionally 3 Purple + 1 Pink, but use what you have)
1 Pillar Candle* – I’ve linked one of my favourite pillar candle, I could not find a quality white candle online (Traditionally White)
*I prefer to buy my candles local, but I have linked candles you can purchase online
- Place the wreath on your dinning table
- Then put the taper candles in their holders
- Position the pillar candle in the middle of the wreath and the the taper candles around it
- Enjoy! Make sure you never leave the candles burning unattended
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