Do you make an Advent Wreath?
This Sunday is the first day of Advent. To celebrate, we will start decorating the Christmas tree, bake cookies, and light the first candle on our Advent wreath. The Christmas season is slowly starting.
The tradition of the Advent Wreath
In 1839 a German theologian named Gohann Hinrich Wichern used the Advent wreath as part of his missionary work. Advent is a Latin word meaning ” the coming.” It was established as a time for Christians to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, and is celebrated the four Sundays before Christmas. The wreath and candles remind us that Jesus is the Light of the world.
Make an Advent Wreath to fit your style
Today most churches have an Advent wreath, decorated with pink, purple, or white candles and ribbon. They are symbols to keep Christmas focused on Jesus. If purple isn’t your style, make it your own, just don’t lose your focus.
Here are a few Advent wreaths from Christmases past to give you ideas.
Show off your treasured pieces. Looking back over the years, I seem to gravitate towards my favorite things when creating a wreath.
Look at other bloggers and pinterest for inspiration!
Use items found in your home. It can be as simple as a favorite bowl or dish with cut greens arranged around the base of the candles.
Making your Advent Wreath this year
So you see, these days you can make an Advent wreath from many materials. Gather a few favorite pieces from your home, four candles, and take a walk in the woods, or through your garden and clip away! Once you start looking, you can find lots to work with. Here are just a few ideas:
- Branches, Look for gray, white, or red branches. Branches with lichen growing on them is a favorite too! Anything unusual!
- Pinecones – any size! Spray paint, or spray glue and add shimmery glitter, or leave them natural.
- Dried flowers and seed pods…hydrangeas, moneyplant, daylily seeds heads, are just a few that are still hanging around in my garden this time of the year.
- Berries: privet, winterberry, tallowberry etc..
- Ivy and other types of vines: grape vine, honeysuckle vine, morning glory vine etc..
- Lambs Ear
- dried fruits…oranges, apples, cranberries
- various pine clippings
- and don’t forget to shop your home: vintage and handmade ornaments, beads, pretty jewelry, ribbons, twine, lace, gauze and other fabric
This year, I am using an ironstone compote with the lid tucked inside and upside down for the candles.
With little pea gravel from the garden to keep the candles steady.
I also added touches of red for the first time! Digging through boxes of textiles for this antique redwork I knew was somewhere! See how easy it evolves? Before you know it, you’re done!
Create your own tradition of making an Advent wreath. Then on the 4 Sundays before Christmas, light a candle, read from the bible, sing Christmas carols, and celebrate!