To kick off day one of the 12 days of Christmas crafts I thought it would be appropriate to start with an Advent centerpiece! I figured we should start with a little history of Advent candles.
Advent candles essentially are candles that you light each day and week until Christmas. A small candle was lit every weekday and Saturday during Advent. On Sundays, a large candle was lit. The custom started among Protestant churches in Germany and evolved into the smaller wreath with four or five candles know as today.
The candles on the Advent wreath symbolize hope, love, joy, and peace. Some denominations consider the fourth candle to stand for purity, and most call the fifth candle the Christ candle, which is lit on Christmas to remind Christians of the light Jesus brings to the world.
I love the idea of an Advent centerpiece. It’s a great way to work in the beautiful symbol of the season with something that we not only see every day, but also calls us to action. Lighting the candle symbolically each week is something fun we can do to involve our family while teaching them the reason for the season.
To start, gather up all your supplies. You’ll need candles, fresh or faux greens, twine, hot glue, and scissors.
Cut your greens to about 2-3 inches long and layer them on top of each other to stack on the candle. Then cut your twine to about 12 inches long.
Thanks so much for reading along! If you make your own Advent centerpiece, please share it with me on Instagram @thefarmhouselife