In keeping with my desire to form some family holiday traditions, Mike and I are following Advent this year. Each week, for four weeks before Christmas, we light a candle. Each candle reminds us of a different, important aspect of the holiday…Hope, Love, Joy, Peace . There is a fifth candle that goes in the middle of the wreath that we light on Christmas Eve and burn through Christmas day. The Advent Wreath helps us reflect on why we celebrate Christmas, especially as Christians. It is a chance to take a break from the stress that the holiday can create and spend time together in peace.
The wreath is made of a styrofoam ring. I carved out four holes at equal distances for the candles to fit in, and wrapped the wreath in colorful fabric and ribbon. I hope that Advent will become a tradition we do each year when the little one is born.