The first week of Advent Sunday is ONE WEEK away!
Celebrating Advent is near and dear to our little family.
It is by far our favorite family tradition at Christmas.
Because Advent traditionally occurs on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, it really is a great month-long way to prepare our hearts and minds for what Christmas really is about.
In case your new to celebrating Advent, or have no idea where to start on how to incorporate it into your family traditions, here is an entire plan for you. Our kids are still fairly young, so our Advent traditions are short and simple. I've incorporated scripture, a Christmas song, short description to share, and a fun activity for each week.
HOW TO CELEBRATE ADVENT (Read this first)
We have used a traditional advent candle wreath the last several years, but this year I wanted to change things up and create my own.
This is such a no-brainer tutorial, that it seems silly to post one, but here it is nonetheless.
I recently reupholstered a bunch of dining room chairs and in the process removed the old upholstery webbing (left above). I almost tossed it all, but then had a moment of inspiration and thought I could somehow incorporate it into our Christmas decor.
I went to Ikea and picked up some red and white candle pillars and this candle tray. I wrapped the candle pillars in the webbing and pinned it in place (hot glue and super glue don't adhere to candle wax - take my word for it.)
I stenciled on the numbers to indicate the four weeks of Advent...and voila!
Cute Advent candle tray. Done.
Traditionally, advent candles are white, pink and purple, but I wanted something a little less traditional this year, so we opted for a color change! Do what works for you.
Need some Advent candle ideas? Check out this Pinterest board for inspiration.
The ideas are endless!
I look forward to the first week of Advent all year. We dim the lights, light our candle(s) and have a sweet time each week as a family.
I'd encourage you to try it our with your own family!