Store-bought or homemade, add an Advent wreath to
anticipate the birth of Jesus to help your family focus on
the reason for the season. Use the same wreath year
after year, or make a new one together each time. Just
keep in mind these five elements:
The Base — This should be a circle, the
symbol of eternity. Use a pre-made form or
make your own using florist’s foam,
Styrofoam, a wire or wood frame.
Candleholders — Use something to
secure the candles down into the
wreath like florist plastic green holders,
nails or narrow spikes from
underneath, florist wire or even glass
votives to sit among the greenery.
Greens — Use evergreens, a symbol of life.
Use either live or artificial evergreens or garland. If you
have a live Christmas tree, use greens left over from
Candles — This light in the darkness will represent
the four weeks of Advent. Size, shape and price don’t
matter, but color does. Use three purple candles and
one pink. (Purple represents penitence; pink, joy.) Some
people also include a white candle in the center, added
on Christmas day for Jesus.
Ribbons and Decorations — Keep it simple and
sparse. Although there is joy in Jesus’ coming, there is
also anticipation. There’s a difference between Advent
and Christmas. If you decorate, encourage children to
use pine cones, seed pods, etc., or even a few purple ribbons.