Christmas crafts, Advent celebration

 
 
   
   

THE MAKING AND THE MEANING
OF AN
  ADVENT WREATH
 
   
 
 

 

The season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day. The term Advent, means coming. The Advent season helps us prepare our hearts to remember the first coming of our Savior and the reason he came—his birth was for his death; his death was for our birth. Advent also reminds us that Jesus is coming again. On that day he will separate the sheep from the goats—the believers from the unbelievers. Making an Advent wreath is a great way to prepare the family for Jesus' birthday celebration!

What you need
One flat Styrofoam disk per wreath, enough green silk pine picks to cover the top of the Styrofoam, gold metallic ribbon-enough to cover outer edge of Styrofoam, glue, 3 purple candles, 1 pink candle, 1 white candle. 

What you do
Glue the ribbon to the outer edge of the disk. Push the white candle into the center of the disk. Push the other candles evenly around the white candle, towards the outer edges of the disk, as shown in the picture. (You might want to place a bit of glue into the candle holes for added stability.) Push the pine picks into the disk, around the base of the candles to cover the top of the Styrofoam. 

   

Optional decorations

Drape a strand of faux pearls on top, along with small, white-tipped pine cones; it makes for an elegant coffee table display during the Christmas season! 

My children and I made our Advent Wreath a number of years ago during our church's Kingdom Kid's program; we've used it every year since! The lighting of the Advent wreath holds fond memories for our family.

Merry Christmas Blessings! 
Sarah Keith <><

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Setting aside a few minutes each day during Advent to light the candle(s) and worship will help everyone in your family to get ready for the coming of Jesus' birthday celebration! On the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day burn the first candle, read the Scripture references, sing a carol and pray. On the next Sunday you will burn the first and second candle. Continue in this manner until the Sunday before Christmas when you will burn all four candles. On Christmas Day you burn the "Christ Candle," signifying that Jesus has come!
 

THE MEANING OF THE CANDLES

1st CANDLE- (purple) "CANDLE OF HOPE"
We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises he made to us. Our hope comes from God. (Romans 15:12-13)

2nd CANDLE- (purple) "CANDLE OF PREPARATION"
Preparation means to 'get ready'. "Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD!" (Luke 3:4-6)

3rd CANDLE- (pink) "CANDLE OF JOY"
The angels sang a message of JOY! (Luke 2:7-15)

4th CANDLE- (purple) "CANDLE OF LOVE" 
God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us! (John 3:16-17)

5th CANDLE - (white) "CHRIST CANDLE"
The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins!
His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth! (John 1:29 and John 3:1-8)

Additional Scripture verses to be read during Advent:

FOUR WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
SUNDAY: Isaiah 7:14 and Micah 5:2
MONDAY: Matthew 1:18-24 and Luke 1:26-33
TUESDAY: Luke 2:1-5
WEDNESDAY: Luke 2:6-7
THURSDAY: Luke 2:8-9
FRIDAY: Luke 2:10-12
SATURDAY: Luke 2:13-14


THREE WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
SUNDAY: Luke 2:15-16
MONDAY: Luke 2:17-18
TUESDAY: Luke 2:19
WEDNESDAY: Luke 2:20
THURSDAY: Luke 2:21
FRIDAY: Matthew 2:1-2
SATURDAY: Matthew 2:3-6

TWO WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
SUNDAY: Matthew 2:7-8
MONDAY: Matthew 2:9
TUESDAY: Matthew 2:10-11
WEDNESDAY: Matthew 2:12-15
THURSDAY: Galatians 4:4-5
FRIDAY: Ephesians 2:8-9
SATURDAY: 1 John 4:7-16

ONE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS 
(* Please note, you may or may not have a full week before Christmas Day.)

SUNDAY: Ephesians 2:12-22
MONDAY: John 7:37-38, and 14:6
TUESDAY: Matthew 28:19-20
WEDNESDAY: John 8:12
THURSDAY: John 9:4-5 and Matthew 5:14-16
FRIDAY: Psalm 98:1-6 
SATURDAY: John 1:1-3, 14 and Romans 6:23

* CHRISTMAS DAY
Psalm 100, Revelation 3:20-21

See our Chrismon Wreath and our No-Flame Advent Wreath.

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