An Advent wreath is round as a symbol of God’s mercy of which every season of Advent is a new reminder; and it has to be made of evergreens to symbolize God’s ‘everlastingness’.
I love the idea of having an Advent wreath on my table as a tangible way to remind us and our children what Christmas is really about. In fact, if I had to choose only one tradition to observe during Advent, I think this would be it.
- You can make this from evergreens, or craft supplies. Here’s a YouTube video I found on how to make Advent wreaths that doesn’t look too tough!
- You can make this from dough. How To Make A Danish Advent Wreath
- I found several beautiful Advent wreaths at Christianbook.com that would be perfect, you can also order Advent candles through them
- If you think this would be a good tradition for your family and you don’t have time to make a wreath, please buy one without guilt! If you don’t have money to buy one, you can find a way to make them very cheaply.
- I choose to use three purple candles and one pink candle for the wreath itself, and I place a white candle in the middle to be lit on Christmas morning
- the three purple candles stand for royalty and symbolize that Christ is the Prince of Peace
- the pink candle is used the last Sunday of Advent and symbolizes joy
- the white candle represents Christ!
- You can choose other candles as well. Sometimes all red candles are used, sometimes blue.
- Light one purple candle on the first Sunday of Advent, then two purple candl es the second Sunday and so on. The pink candle is saved for the fourth Sunday.
- Some of our family like to leave the candle burning throughout dinner, then do a prayer time or devotion.
- We don’t always have an evening meal at home on Sundays, so when we observe this I light it at breakfast on Sunday or Monday. Do what works for your family!
- According to Maria Trapp’s book, the candles are so named: