The first day of Advent this year is December 1st. If you and your family would like to begin this simple, slowing-down-the-season practice, you could begin with this tradition.
The ritual surrounding Advent wreaths is simple–light a candle and read from Scripture on each of the four Sundays before Christmas. An Advent wreath isn’t a “wreath” in the regular sense of the word. You can use a tray with 4 candles in a circle and some greenery, with the Christ Candle in the middle. Or find a birch log and drill 4 or 5 candle-sized holes in it. (From Pinterest).
The point is to pause and reflect on the meaning of the season, no matter what your wreath looks like.
Here’s mine.Totally homemade and not Pinterest Perfect.
However you choose to pause you can download printable Advent Postcards here. Print on cardstock, cut out and place around your wreath.
I’ve listed the candle color, Biblical person reference and Scripture for each week. The watchwords are listed in bold.**
Wait or Hope–Isaiah Isaiah 9:6, 7 Micah 5:2, 7:7
Prepare--John the Baptist Mark 1:2,3
Rejoice–Mary, Jesus’ Mother Luke 1:46-55
Love–Jesus I John 4:7-9
**As a #cluelessEvangelical for whom this practice is new, I’ve adapted the traditional Scriptures to reflect those I thought fit the day better. You may discover through your own experience or in other sources that these are different.