I cannot remember where I first heard about an Advent wreath, but somehow it was something I heard about and I decided I wanted one.
Where to get one??? I asked. But no one knew. I came to realize that an Advent wreath isn’t something I can just go buy. Apparently I’d have to make one.
And so I did.
The 10 inch evergreen wreath was sold at Trader Joes for $5.99. I also got the candles at Trader Joes. You’re supposed to have three purple candles, one pink, and one white. But I decided to glue an appropriately colored ribbon to the candles instead. You gotta work with what you’ve got! And I’m already three weeks into Advent here, so time’s marching on. The wreath is set on a blue bowl, with the Christ candle in the middle.
Here is some reading and reading on the meaning of the elements of the Advent wreath. I thought the pink candle was supposed to be lit next week, but I should have actually lit it this Sunday because it represents the shepherd’s joy when the angel came to deliver the news of the Savior’s birth. (I’m new at this!) Anyways, there are specific Bible passages that you can read while you light the candle and it’s a really nice way for children (and us adults) to connect with the coming of Christ. Children love being able to help light and blow out a candle and it makes them pay attention more as we read part of the Bible or pray. (BTW, I know that the man of the house is supposed to be doing the praying etc… but since I’m the one putting this stuff together, I’m usually printing prayers out and reading them. I say this just to encourage anyone out there who may be “winging” it like our family is.)
The trickiest part of making the wreath is figuring out how to secure the candles. My candles are a bit precarious, but at least they’re mostly vertical. I accomplished this by unbending a large paper clip, wrapping it around the candle’s base and then creating a spike at the bottom that I stab into the greens. I’m sure there is an actual tool you use for this sort of thing.
Anyways, we’re enjoying our wreath and maybe this is something you can bring into your home as well.
Have a wonderful day!