Advent: How to Make an Advent Wreath

Nov 21, 2008
This is part 2 of a 7-part series on Advent by Toni and Brian Becker.

An Advent wreath can be as simple or as elegant as you desire. Traditionally there are four candles for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas plus a candle for Christmas Eve (or Christmas Day). If you want to purchase one, you can choose between modern or traditional. Here are a few places to get you started on your search:

Making an Advent Wreath can be as simple as purchasing 5 candles and gathering evergreen branches. The easiest candles to use are pillar candles.

Our Advent wreath decorates one side of our fireplace hearth which is where we have our family service. For some, your advent wreath will need to be placed on a small piece of plywood or other solid surface that can be moved to your cozy location each Sunday for your home Advent service.

On your surface, weave your branches into a small circle around your center candle. Place your four additional candles in the circle and add any decorations that meet your Christmas style (pine cones, ribbons, ornaments, nativity scene characters). Simple!

If you have taper-style candles, use can use candle holders or just melted wax (from an extra candle because you want your advent candles to be unlit before your service) to secure the candles to your surface.