For the past few years I've been wanting to incorporate an advent wreath in to our Christmas celebration. We had one growing up and it had a teeny tiny manger in the middle. I have fond memories of light the candles every week. My husband was raised Jewish and I like that lighting the candles on the advent wreath somewhat corresponds to the Hanukkah menorah (although we do celebrate Hanukkah, too). Every year on the day after Christmas I go looking for an advent wreath and every year I come up empty handed.
Last year during Advent, Leila at Like Mother, Like Daughter posted about her homemade Advent wreath and I instantly fell in love with it. The only problem is that I don't have evergreen or pine cones readily available. But I decided to make do with what I had… and….
I decided to start by purchasing pink and purple votive candles and small holders. I paid $1 each for the candle the clear glass holder. I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with them. I was thinking of just putting them in a circle on a lazy susan I have in the middle of our table. When I got home I remembered the long white serving dish that I picked up for free at Pier One a few months ago.
The candles fit perfectly! Not exactly a wreath, but you get the idea. I would like to put some greenery in amongst the candles. Maybe I'll add that next year!
Advent officially began last Sunday, but you still have time to pull a “wreath” together. I found several downloadable Advent guides to use with a wreath. Our church (Canyon Ridge Christian Church) is offering a free downloadable family Advent guide, too, just in case, like me, you can't quite remember what to do when you light the candles.
I also found this super cute eBook called Truth in the Tinsel. Every day there is a short devotional and a craft to make. This one isn't free, but at $4.99, it's very reasonable and supports a blogger and mommy!
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