Its’s the first weekend in December. Somehow. It seems like fall just arrived last week and suddenly we’re here. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. But it also quickly becomes the craziest time of the year, between decorating, holiday parties and celebrations, gift gathering and this crazy longing to make everything magical.
So that last part about the making things magical really isn’t written on our December list. But it sure creeps in quickly. And somehow it seems to bully everything important that really is on our hearts and calendars.
I think it’s part of why celebrating advent is so special to me. I can so quickly get caught up in the excitement and frenzy of it all, that I lose sight of the foundation of this season and this very life we’ve been given.
I want to share a quick advent wreath today that you can put together with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews … you get the idea. Not that you need something else to do, but more as a way to spend time together focusing on Christ and His gift to us.
You only need a few basic supplies and about 30 minutes to begin a journey that can help you slow down, breathe and treasure this Christmas season together.
Gather a few items …
.. A 6″ or 8″square of wood
.. A piece of 60 or 100 grit sandpaper
.. A 3′ to 4′ length of Christmas evergreen garland
.. 5 votive candles in glass holders
.. Hot glue gun and glue
.. Ribbons and Christmas picks to decorate your wreath
When we’ve made these with groups of kids and families, we purchased a length of cheap 1″ x 6″ pine and cut it into squares. It is a good idea to sand off any rough edges once your
wood is cut. Garland can also be picked up in a 9′ length and cut into 2 or 3 sections depending on how full you want your wreath. I used a 6″ square of wood and a 3′ length of garland for the wreath shown in the pictures.
You’re done! Seriously! It’s a quick project and reminder to slow down together and focus on Christ as Christmas day approaches.
**Be sure to move any stray garland away from the flame before you light the candles each week. Garland, ribbons and picks can get jostled from day to day and the last thing you want to do is start a fire.**
Our absolute favorite books as the kids were growing up was an Advent series by Arnold Ytreeide. They are historical fiction books about four different kids on exciting adventures that lead them to Jesus on Christmas morning. They also include weekly scriptures and questions to consider as we move closer to Christ’s coming with each passing day. Ours were always left wanting to know where the adventure would lead next, and we enjoyed the family focus of sitting down and reading together at the close of each day .