Did you see the advent candle holder I had on my dining table for the Christmas kitchen & dining room tour? Well today, I am sharing that super simple advent candle holder with you guys. This advent candle holder was made in just a few minutes with a few inexpensive supplies. In fact, you might even have all the supplies at your home right now! DIY instructions & supplies below.
DIY Simple Advent Candle Holder
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Although my kids have grown up seeing advent candles on Sundays at church it became very clear to me last year that they really had no idea what it was all about. Last Christmas when our friends brought over advent candles to light for a Christmas get together, my youngest called out to me when he saw the candles & said, “YES!!! Mom, we finally have a menorah at our house” 🙂 You see… we have soooo many dear Jewish friends that have menorahs out for Hanukkah & he had no idea what advent candles were. In that moment, I realized that he had more excitement & a desire to be like his friends than an understanding of why we celebrate advent. So, I knew this year I wanted to do things differently this Christmas & that started with making an advent candle holder so I could talk a little more about advent this year with my kids.
Just a little background on what Advent is. In Latin it means “coming.” It is a season of waiting & anticipation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth (God here with us).
Advent candles represent the light of God coming into the world through Jesus Christ.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
– John 8:12
- a pretty bowl
- 4 candles
I found our pretty glass bowl for $3 at a local thrift store this summer & knew I wanted to save it for something special. You can use any bowl you have on hand as long as it is large enough for the candles to fit.
Add some inexpensive rice to the inside of the bowl to help the candles stay in place.
I found these 4 white candles for $5 at Ikea.
I am still not sure whether I will leave the numbers facing in or out but loved the beefy size of the candles for the price.
Our yard has been covered in broken evergreen branches thanks to all this crazy wind we have been having. As you will see in my full Christmas tour next week I placed them ALL OVER our house and saved a few for our advent calendar holder.
It is my hope to be much more intentional with advent this year. It is so important for me to teach our kids (& myself) why we celebrate Christmas & that it is not just about beautiful decorations, trees, delicious food, gifts, Christmas songs & family. Don’t get me wrong, all of those things are good. They bring joy & excitement of Christmas but I want them to find their ultimate joy in the truth that God sent his son Jesus to earth on Christmas to save us.
“Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.”
Advent starts this weekend…
Along with lighting the advent candles with my family I am hoping to really spend time reflecting & reading about Jesus’ birth. I am participating in the She Reads Truth Advent Study (find it here) & I just ordered this new advent book, Exodus to Advent: God’s Christmas plan for you, and for me.
Lastly, for any artists or non-artists reading this… 🙂 my good friends Anne & Sara at Wondern awe are doing a drawing liturgy for advent. If you want to follow along or participate on Instagram you can find more info here.
I would love to hear any Advent traditions your family celebrates or Advent books you would recommend!!!
I want to wish you all a wonderfully joyful advent!!!
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