It’s the MOST. WONDERFUL. TIME. Of the whole entire year. I know that’s a bit cliche, but it’s true. Advent, the whole entire month of December, IS a wonderful time. Partially because everyone is excited over the cooler weather, the promise (or delivery) of snow and the holidays. Mostly because this is the time of year to celebrate THE PURPOSE. The reason for everything.
God sent His son to fulfill His purpose, to help us fulfill our purpose — To Glorify God. We have a lot to celebrate!
It’s become a tradition here on my blog to host an Advent series, so this year I’ll keep that tradition going. Today being the first day of Advent, we’ve set up our Advent candle wreath and I’m kicking off this year’s series which I’m calling “ADVENTure 2010!” I’ve been asked to offer more suggestions for things to do with your kids, so there will definitely be more of that coming. What I want to know from you is, “What do YOU want to see in this year’s series?”
This year’s Advent wreath is simple. I bought a silver plastic charger at the dollar store, along with some white tapers and some “snow cover” (which basically looks like quilt batting.) I already had a handful of taper holders so it was a quick and easy set up:
To get this to work, I took a small square of snow cover and fluffed it out a bit and tried to shape it into a circle. I then poked 5 holes in it with my finger and laid it on top of the taper holders, carefully sliding each hole over and down each taper holder. The bases of my taper holders were too big to all fit on the silver charger, so I’m actually using the three clear ones UPSIDE DOWN! And then of course, the one in front is actually a votive holder. Last I attached the candles with a bit of wax and the whole thing took less than 5 minutes!
(They’re all much straighter than they look from that angle!)
I keep saying that one of these years I’ll actually buy a “real” wreath, but I keep finding it so easy and frugal to assemble my own, so I don’t know if I ever will! Maybe some day.
So if you don’t have a wreath set up yet, don’t fret! Just grab some votive candles or tapers, rocks, marbles, snowflakes, angels, whatever you have and assemble your very own. Now all you need is a suggestion for Advent readings, right? There are SEVERAL ways to do this!
- Advent Wreath Prayers & Scripture Readings at ChurchYear.net
- Advent Candle Readings @ DocStoc.com
- Scripture readings for every day of Advent at Catholicism.About.com
- Advent Readings & Songs @ apmethodist.org
- Four ways to use the Advent wreath @ reformedworship.org (We’ll be using this one, the Prophets/Angels/Shepherds/Magi version — though the first one, the Light and Dark version, was a close second!)
If you’re worried about not starting today and getting behind — don’t! That’s not the point, and it takes away from the purpose! We usually start December 1st. This is the first year we’re actually starting on the first day of Advent. The point is to just spend time focusing on Jesus in the days leading up to Christmas Day. So go ahead and start tomorrow. Or the next day. Or December 1st! NO WORRIES!
I do hope you’ll join us on our journey through Advent this year. God bless!
Wow! This is awesome! Thank you for sharing! I am actually throwing ideas around in my head…now. Not really sure what we’ll do, but for sure making a wreath for our school space tomorrow. 🙂
Pretty!!! I’m with you, let’s just make our own. It makes life more interesting and unique. I’m with you, reading, trying to keep up. 🙂
Well, I’m going to admit, I’ve never paid much attention to Advent, but this year, with my faith journey being what it has been…I’m thinking I need to. I’m going to make my own wreath as well…
I’ve not done anything for Advent before, either. The boys and I are reading through the Book of Matthew right now though. I have thought about doing a wreath and all that though.
I can help you about the weekend away… Come to the Relevant Conference in October!! You can room with me! (4 roomies= dirt cheap hotel!) Start saving up now so you can buy your ticket in March!! That’s what I’m doing! 🙂 You should come… you really really need to come….
What a cool idea! Love the scripture resources too! Thanks for sharing!
Rose – So what did you do? Did you come up with something yet? =)
Michelle – Making our own means we get to change it up each year. Wait until you see what I did with the candle wreath on top of my piano. 😉
Karina – I loooooove Advent! You should totally pay attention to it. 😉
Dawn – We’ve been celebrating Advent for several years now, but we’ve never done a Jesse tree. The more I learn about this, the more excited I am. I think it’s going to be a good thing. =)
Hope this doesn’t post twice! Sorry if it does! Just delete one if it does. :p But….Yes! I did! I’ve always wanted to do an Advent Calendar, so I actually got one made. I put the pix on my flickr, but I got an idea from someone who had a Thankful Tree for Thanksgiving (which I’m doing next year). Every day until Christmas, he will replace his candy (gift) with a Thankful Note to put in the clip. It will be my surprise on Christmas Day – as I am thankful for him, I’m also thankful for his thoughts. Your… Read more »