Advent is a gentle tap on our shoulders to remind us of what to focus on the last few weeks toward the end of the year. True, it has been a harrowing experience. Sickness in the family, friends and worldwide, the travel bans and movement restrictions (and even hug bans!) and the enforced quarantines are getting burdensome for most families.
It’s easy to lose sight of what it means to celebrate the advent. Fret not, you can always go back on track. Meditate and reflect Jesus’ coming into this world with this very simple DIY on advent candle holder.
- Candles in three colors (one red or pink, three purple and one white)
- A evergreen wreath or any wreath of your choice
- A round wooden base (one feet in diameter)
- Glue sticks
- Glue gun
Note: We suggest making use of what it is available. The base can be thick cardboard. The wreath may be a green garland, the type that can be bought from a dollar store. The idea is that it should stay green throughout the year or for one month at least.
This advent candle holder can be a great gift to celebrate Advent.
Note: if your children are up to it, you can include them in making the wreath. It’s fun and bonding time together. Explain the significance of Advent as you go along. We wrote down the history and significance of the event as you make your own candle holder.
Advent is celebrated at least 22 to 28 days before Christmas. Advent is the rendering of the Latin word for “arrival”. Typically, it is observed four Sundays before December 25, as it prepares Christians to focus on Jesus and His arrival on Earth as a human baby.
Place the wooden base on the table. Start gluing your wreath to the base. God’s love has never changed even as we or the Israelites rebelled over the years. It remains green throughout the year. He is faithful.
You may also opt to glue the wreath AFTER gluing the candles. The wreath we are using in this DIY is made of wood, so it only makes sense to glue into the base first before the candles.
Plan out how the five candles are to be placed into the wreath. The first candle to be glued is purple. It signifies hope as people wait for the Messiah’s coming. This first is to be lit each week of the advent.
Second candle is also purple, to prepare our hearts. This is to be lighted every second, third and fourth week.
Third candle is purple, too and it signifies peace as Jesus’ death and resurrection brings peace to those who believe. This is to be lit in the fourth week.
Fourth candle is the red colored one, one that symbolizes happiness and joy. This is lit at the third and fourth week.
Last candle is the white candle. It symbolizes celebration, a party! Light this candle on December 25, supposedly Jesus’ birth.