I can not remember making an advent wreath in the past and have wanted to for years. So, why not this Christmas?
First, I started looking for pink and purple candles. Not only do stores not sell many kinds of tapered candles anymore, but the sales staff have never heard of Advent. After looking on line and every store in town, I found purple ones at the florist and used a pink one from my candle drawer. They also had the plastic candle holders for $.48 each and I got four of those.
Next, I hunted the same sources for an 8"-10" floral oasis ring. The cheapest one I found was $15 and it measured 18". So I made one from oasis blocks and floral pins.
After making the ring, I soaked it in cold water for about and hour while I went in the yard to find the perfect greenery. I selected a fur bush in the corner of our yard (that I do not like OR use except this time of the year) for the first row,
variegated pittosporum for the second row,
and boxwood for the top and to fill in.
I placed in on a pewter plate and set it on the buffet all ready for use on Sunday.
If you read the Upper Room as a devotional, turn to page 39 for the first Sunday of Advent and page 40-42 for a good explanation of and litanies.
Here is another good site about Advent.
We are all ready for tomorrow now.
What special traditions do you have in your family?