Monday, November 22, 2010

Advent Resources: Wreaths and Calendars

I love history, but enough of Ancient Greece for now.

Advent and Christmas are my favorite times of the year. Anticipating the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior can be so much fun and a true bringing together of the family. Advent begins the Sunday following Thanksgiving, this year November 28th.



Here are some ideas to help with celebrating Advent at your home:



Advent Calendars:



We found one with doors that open at a thrift store a few years back. I fill each door with a symbol that represents a part of Christmas (bells, cotton (sheep), angel ornament, etc.)



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I love this idea, but could not come up with all the pieces to pull it off. There's always next year.

Crafty Crow has a whole list of homemade Advent calendars

Creative Communications has tons of Advent devotional, calendars, and activity books for purchase.



Advent Wreaths:


Having a personal Advent wreath in the home is a great way to mark the Sundays leading up to Christmas. Some years we just use a tiered candle holder. I like the tiny one I found at a Hallmark store a few years back on clearance, but it is really hard to find replacement candles for it. (sniff sniff)



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Here are some Advent wreath ideas:


Use 5 pillar candles- 3 purple/ 1 pink/1 white surrounded by greenery (real or fake)


Use votive candle holders and do the same.




Homemade Wreath


How to Make an Advent Wreath


Ann Voskamp has a wonderful wooden wreath


Meredith at Life at 7000 Feet, just posted more great ideas on Advent Wreaths.

I'll come back some with more ideas on how to celebrate Advent.



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