Advent is a favorite season in our house. I love the theme of preparing, watching and waiting for the birth of Christ. It’s hard though because everywhere you look, Christmas is here.
The last year or so, I’ve really gotten into having a wreath on the door and I really love how it dresses up the house, but there aren’t many Advent themed door wreaths out there. So, last year I dug through the fabric stash and whipped up an Advent wreath for our front door.
In total this cost me $5 to make, and that depends on really the cost of your wreath.
- Artificial Evergreen Wreath (Mine was $4 at Michaels.)
- One Sheet each of yellow, purple, pink and white felt ($0.33 per sheet of felt)
- velcro dots (had at home)
- pinecones (had at home)
- hot glue (had at home)
1. Cut 5 flames out of your yellow felt. Hot glue the loop side of a velcro dot (the fuzzy side) toward the bottom of 3 of the flames.
2. Cut 3 purple rectangles, 1 pink rectangle and one white rectangle out of the felt. The length and width will depend on your wreath. Just eyeball it. Hot glue the hook side of a velcro dot toward the top of 2 purple and 1 pink rectangle.
3. Hot glue the remaining 2 flames to each of the remaining purple and white rectangles (one flame per candle!)
4. Hot glue the candles to the wreath, using the picture above as a guide. If you want to add them, hot glue the pinecones and whatever else you want to add to your wreath.
5. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!!! Put the remaining “loose” flames and white candle in a safe place so you remember where they are in the next few weeks.
From Catholic Education (emphasis mine):
The symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. Even these evergreens have a traditional meaning which can be adapted to our faith: The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering; pine, holly, and yew, immortality; and cedar, strength and healing. Holly also has a special Christian symbolism: The prickly leaves remind us of the crown of thorns, and one English legend tells of how the cross was made of holly. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. Any pine cones, nuts, or seedpods used to decorate the wreath also symbolize life and resurrection. All together, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ, the eternal Word of the Father, who entered our world becoming true man and who was victorious over sin and death through His own passion, death, and resurrection.
The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. A tradition is that each week represents one thousand years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the Savior. Three candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead.
There you have it, an easy-peasy Advent wreath to aid in your celebration! Every week, on Sunday, add a new flame to your wreath. Before we head to bed on Christmas Eve, I attach the white candle (The Christ Candle) to the wreath with duct tape. The day after Christmas, I switch the wreath out for a Christmas wreath because at that point… IT’S CHRISTMAS!!
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Until Next Time!