Hello friends! Can you believe that THIS Sunday is December first! That means it’s the first Sunday of Advent and I have some ideas for you today about how to incorporate advent candles into your Christmas decor without using the traditional advent wreath.
One of my favorite things to do during this season is to celebrate Advent as a family! And, I’m sorry, but it must be said. The celebration of Advent is VERY different from just simply doing a ‘countdown to Christmas’. It’s not about having little drawers filled with candy or doors to open with prizes inside. Those things are so much fun and definitely help to build anticipation as you head closer and closer to the big day. But Advent, from the latin word ‘adventus’ meaning ‘arrival’ or ‘appearance’ keeps the focus completely on celebrating the arrival of the King who came in the form of an infant.
Growing up, we always had an Advent wreath which held four candles around the outside with one candle in the middle. The four candles represent the themes of hope, faith, joy and peace with the fifth candle representing Christ. My sister and I would always fight over who got to light the candles AND who got to blow them out. Obviously we weren’t always feeling the true spirit of Christmas in our hearts!
And now, as a mom of two kids who also fight over the lighting and blowing out of the candles, I still love this tradition and have tried to come up with ways to put a fresh twist on it by incorporating the Advent candles into my Christmas decor in a way that feels seamless but still very special.
I’ve done things like this on my dining room table…
…and this on my coffee table…
…and this on a side table (aren’t those tags so cute?!)…
…and I did this on our kitchen table one year.
I also love this more modern take on it with the black candles from Craftivity Designs
One year, I even wrapped candles with scripture so that each one told a different part of the story of Christ’s birth.
Do you celebrate Advent at your house? How have you incorporated the candles into your decor?
I’d love to hear your ideas!
And, I wanted to let you know about this wonderful book that I discovered! It’s called ‘Remarkable Advent’ by my friend Shauna Letellier and I’ve just added it to my Amazon shopping cart because I know that I need something like this to help keep me focused on the WHO and not on all of the trappings of the season.
If you want to sample it, Shauna is offering the first four days FREE just by signing up! Find out how to get those free chapters and/or purchase this wonderful book here.
My prayer for all of you as you head into this busy season is that you will have moments to just slow down, pause and be overwhelmed with peace and joy. Let’s hold each other accountable to that, ok? 😉
Much love to you dear friends,