Advent is a very important time to my family. Growing up, my family used to always have an Advent wreath in the house during December. I know in this day and age the perception of Advent is very different to what it actually is. Most people associate Advent with a thin cardboard box of 24 chocolates or most recently beauty Advent calendars. Don’t get me wrong, I used to love the chocolate Advent calendars as a kid. I think I had one every year and the beauty Advent calendars are pretty cute. However, to me Advent is about much more.
The meaning of Advent and an Advent wreath
Advent actually means “coming”, and is simply the time of year where the Church anticipates the celebration of Jesus’ birth. An Advent wreath symbolises the passage of the four weeks of Advent. It is usually made out of evergreens and has four candles. Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent the first candle is lit and an additional candle is lit during each subsequent week until the last Sunday before Christmas where all four candles are lit.
As a Christian I really wanted to continue this tradition with my husband, so that one day we can teach it to our kids. Although my Advent wreath is not very traditional when it comes to its aesthetic, it’s the meaning behind it that’s important.
My Advent wreath
I really wanted to make my advent wreath from pinecones this year and spray paint it gold or silver and add some baby pink accents to it. However, fake pinecones are really expensive, so I went for a cheaper alternative.
I saw this white feather wreath in Wilko and I fell in love with it. At first, I didn’t buy it as I thought it’s not very traditional. However, after visiting Wilko a few times to get different bits and eyeing up the wreath every time, I ended up buying it. It was only £6 and I think it’s gorgeous. I wanted to make it a bit more Christmassy so I glued on some small Christmas baubles as well as some of my DIY tea light snowmen. In the middle of the wreath I just placed my four white candles I purchased from Lidl for under £2.
I’m super happy with how it turned out and I wish you an amazing Advent. May your homes be filled with happiness, love and peace.