Sunday, November 27, 2011

Advent Wreath Centerpiece


I woke up this morning in a full blown panic. It suddenly occurred to me that, despite the fact that it was only November 27th, there was no way in the world I could get everything done before Christmas.  Nutcracker performances, school concerts, Sunday School plays, piano recital, three sports schedules, piano lessons, room mom, ballet, luncheons and women's events loomed before me, not to mention the inevitable decorating, shopping and Christmas cards!  I'm not sure, exactly, how this fall got away from me, but it did.  My self-imposed deadline of all gifts bought, wrapped and shipped by Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I haven't even started!


As I paused to look at the calendar, I was reminded that today is the first Sunday in Advent.  I took a deep breath, and decided that even if I got nothing else done, I would make something meaningful:  An advent wreath centerpiece. I love to keep our advent wreath on the kitchen table. This is our prominent spot.  This is where our family gathers. As we light the appropriate number of candles each evening before dinner, we can reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.


I love to create a different, fresh centerpiece every year.  This year I arranged everything on a round, silver platter.  I placed four red candles around the perimeter, filled the platter with fresh cranberries and added fresh magnolia leaves, which I cut from the tree in our yard.


Of all the things that we frantically do, sometimes it's the simplest of things that mean the most.


As I light the candle of Hope, I'm going to try to remember that this year.
I'm not responsible for saving the world.
Somebody else already did that for me.

Visit HERE for some daily advent devotions.



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6 comments:

  1. What a wonderful, meaningful tradition. A friend just sent me a link for advent readings through the month, and you've inspired to get some candles into action too.

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  2. Beautiful wreath. I love doing up an advent wreath too each year. Just makes the real meaning of the Christmas holiday shine through all the commercialism of the season too.

    I used to do mine on a log too . cut one edge flat so it sits good and then hubby would drill me four holes that held my candles. Decorated it with a few sprigs of pine and holly . Took up less room than a wreath when we had all the kids at home.

    Karan

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  3. When I was young we did advent wreaths, and lite candles. Yours is very pretty. I love the part about not saving the world because someone already did. That is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best. Now following.

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  4. Well said, Simple Girl! How do we pile such high expectations on ourselves? :-)

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  5. Your advent wreath is beautiful! I'm really enjoying your blog and am your newest follower.

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  6. Beautiful wreath and beautiful post. So glad I found your post via Sunday's Best.

    I am hosting a Christmas Series at my blog and the first post is about Advent on December 1st. Please pop by if you have 5 minutes to spare.

    Blessings to you this Christmas season,
    Natasha.

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