Thursday, November 29, 2012

Easy Advent Wreath

An advent wreath helps our family
focus on the
reason we celebrate

Advent, meaning simply "the coming,"
marks the 4 Sundays
leading up to Christmas.

One candle is lit on the first Sunday,
another added each Sunday,
until the final center candle is also lit on Christmas.

"the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the
land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned."
Matthew 4:16

We've had a traditional advent wreath for years.
The kids enjoyed lighting the candles,
and the ritual helped center our attention on
the One
who all the hoopla is about.

This year I wanted something a bit different.

A cake stand from my mother
provided the inspiration.
In itself, it evokes memories of and gratitude for
the special love
of a mother.

Fitting, then, that it should represent
 a love so great that
God would choose to come
and live among us.

"The Word became flesh and
made His dwelling among us. 
We have seen His glory,
the glory of the One and Only,
who came from the Father,
full of grace and truth."
John 1:14

Any plate or serving dish will do.
I've used a small crystal candle holder for the taper,
purchased for a couple of dollars at a craft store.
Cuttings from my Japanese Holly shrub come in handy at this time of year. 
See more plants to use in Christmas decorations here.

Simply place the candles and some greenery,
add a personal touch or two....
and you've got a centerpiece that does more than just look pretty,
it helps keep Christ in Christmas.
  With anticipation,

Keep all decorations clear of flames.
Never leave the room when candles are lit.


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