Good morning! I am excited to share this post with you today and our DIY Advent wreath! We are in full-fledged Christmas mode over here with our decorations up and the music blaring! I love all the fun stuff this time of year brings like baking and lights and Christmas movies!
Each year with our kids, we look for ways to emphasize the Reason we celebrate Christmas. So, today I want to talk about Advent. Through the month of December, I will be teaming up with my hubby to bring you a series of posts on the Advent season. But, more on that later! First, I want to share a struggle that maybe you’ve faced as a parent, too.
Focus on Christ
As Christians, we are always battling the fine line between materialism and giving our kids gifts in remembrance and celebration of the birth of Jesus. In recent years we’ve shifted to going all out on their birthdays and doing a smaller Christmas in the sense of gift-giving to each other. We try to find ways to share Jesus’ love with others and put the focus back on Him.
This isn’t always easy! Our kids attend the Christian school my husband teaches at and we LOVE it. We are so blessed to be part of this place and the amazing faculty and board who love the Lord and seek after His will for the school. The majority of the students come from affluent families. Good, hard-working families who have become our friends.
Our kids are getting old enough to understand that both my husband and I work hard to make it possible for them to attend. But, God didn’t call us to be doctors or lawyers or bank executives. While we get a discount, it’s still very expensive, which means sacrifice. We’ve had several discussions with our oldest about why we can’t afford for him to have the latest Apple gadget or multiple pairs of Lebron Soldier Nikes. This is never more evident than at Christmas when he hears of his friends getting the iPhone X and an Apple watch and taking a trip to Disney World.
Giving Good Gifts
Please don’t misunderstand me by thinking I’m judging those parents who get expensive gifts for their kids. As parents, we want to be able to give our children good gifts. Rather, I’m talking about the challenge set before us to teach our children to focus on Jesus and give thanks in everything. To, as the apostle, Paul said, “be content whatever the circumstances.” (Phil. 4:11) And to not “store up for yourselves treasures on earth…but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:19-21)
I want them to be focused on the greatest Gift we will ever receive. How hard this can be as adults to grasp, much less as a child!
Satan, especially this time of year, wants us to focus on the shiny new latest and greatest. It’s our modern day golden calf. And our culture tells us we need and deserve it. As Christian parents, we have to be diligent to pray over our children, to speak Scripture to them and help them apply it to their lives. To disciple them and encourage them in their walk with the Lord. And to help them understand that the shiny new object will be next year’s garbage, but the gift of Jesus is eternal.
Importance of the Advent Season
Advent comes from the Latin word that means “visit” or “coming.”
For centuries, God’s people awaited the arrival of the Messiah. Then suddenly, without warning or a grand entrance, God visited earth in the form of a baby.
If you think it’s hard to wait for Christmas morning and all the gifts and cheer, imagine waiting for a savior who would come and take away the sins of the world so we could have an unimpeded relationship with our God and Creator once again.
The Advent season reminds us of that special visit from our Savior and in a small way gives us a picture of what it was like to wait in anticipation for the coming of Jesus.
Each Saturday in December I will post a short family devotional that will focus on one aspect of Advent. It’s a simple gesture steeped in tradition that intentionally slows down the season and reminds us that Christ has come! The devotionals will be written by my husband, Eric, who has a Masters in Theology and can explain the deep things better than I can! We love working together on all sorts of things and I’m excited for him to be part of this.
DIY Advent Wreath
Now for the Advent wreath! This DIY is a great way to get the kids involved in the process as you explain the significance of Advent. We purchased all of our supplies from Hobby Lobby for about $25. Not bad when you consider how much a finished Advent wreath costs!
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Advent wreath, wired
Greenery pick, divided, for filling
Berry and pinecone sprigs, divided
3 purple and 1 pink tapered candles
1 white pillar candle
hot glue gun
Take your garland and lay it around the wired wreath to measure how long it needs to be. Using wire cutters, snip the excess garland off. After fluffing the garland, position it around the wreath then use floral wire to attach it to the wreath.
Cut pieces of greenery from the extra pick and using a hot glue gun, attach the pieces, using them to fill in the gaps and making it look fuller.
If your pinecones are attached to a wire like mine were, use your wire cutters to separate them and then secure them to various places around the wreath using a hot glue gun.
Finally, separate the berry sprig into several pieces and use it to fill in the rest and add some color!
Now you are ready to place your tapers in the holders. The white pillar candle goes in the middle.
And here is the Advent wreath all done!
Eric will be going over the significance of the candles in the upcoming devotionals so I won’t go into that here.
We hope you’ll come back and join us for the family devotionals on each Saturday throughout the month of December leading up to Christmas to celebrate the long-awaited birth of our Savior! You can sign up to receive my latest posts so you don’t forget or miss one!
Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day!