Advent Wreath from the Kitchen


Last year as I looked forward to Christmas but not so much of the preparations, I decided: “I’m not getting organized for Christmas this year.  I think I’m just going to show up for it.” (from Come As You Are: Christmas Without the Frenzy)

Christmas became something I could look forward to with anticipation, without feeling like I was putting on a one-woman show. I paid close attention to our favorite simple holiday traditions, choosing to only do those instead of what might be on someone else’s “must have” list. And I realized that when someone asks if I’m ready for Christmas, it doesn’t have to mean, “Did I finish my shopping yet?”

This year I have the same feeling of anticipation, but I realize that with a new baby, everything takes a little more planning. We’re more home-centered than ever, so we want to do a few more decorations. I decided that I would enjoy making some things, but I want to use materials I can find outdoors and around the house to make our home cheery.

When we were growing up my family had an Advent wreath made from a ring of florist foam with sprigs of ivy attached to it. Florist foam isn’t something I normally keep, so I looked around the house for something I could use instead. I found my granny’s old Bundt cake pan in the kitchen.

Four votive candles are placed in the cake pan, one for each of the four Sundays before Christmas. We’ll light the candles at dinner time each night, starting this Sunday. Cranberries between the candles hold them in place. A center candle (secured with a little hot glue) will be lit on Christmas Eve night.

There’s nothing much simpler and more beautiful than candlelight at Christmas time.

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  1. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing. You’re right, sometimes if we are not careful Christmas holidays can fill us with dread and anxiety for all the work ahead. What a great way to take some of the stress out of Christmas by keeping our holiday traditions inline with with what matters most.
    Rachel, can you hear it now…your children saying “When we were growing up, my family had an Advent wreath made from our great-granny’s Bundt cake pan with cranberrys and candles in it. I looked forward to lighting the candles each Sunday.”
    Well done!

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    • To make this just a bit more “traditional” you could use the traditional colors: 3 purple, 1 pink, and a center votive of white.

      Your wreath is very creative. Love it!

  2. This is beautiful! I have been looking for an advent wreath to use with our family, but wanted something fairly small that didn’t require going out to buy a special wreath or something else. This will be perfect. Thanks SO much for the idea! Do you have special devotions or passages that you read when you light your candles? I am always looking for new ideas…=)

    • Thanks Cary! No we really don’t have anything to read, we just talk about it. I thought about doing a devotional that goes with a Jesse tree, but maybe next year.

  3. That’s lovely – I love how bright and fun it is, without being complicated. It really is very pretty! I am all for chilling for Christmas and as for shopping – well if it can’t be made from things lying around our house then you aren’t going to get it… I just can’t face the Christmas rush and the pace out their in the frenzy that totally breaks my stride. Having a baby mid-January one year totally put Christmas into perspective – I learnt just how little really has to be done to still have a good time!!!

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  4. I love it. I was out running this morning and was trying to get my Christmas groove on while doing so. I don’t like the clutter of all the decorations but I like something simple like this.

  5. “Simply” sensational! I love the idea of reusing ordinary things to make something that will perhaps be a fond memory for my children in the future. I just returned from spending Thanksgiving with my parents and sister (with her first baby). Just talking about decorating made me get anxiety, until I finally told myself…it is not about having the “dept. store” home….it’s about making memories and celebrating HIS birth!

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  6. What a wonderful idea!

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  7. This is so simple and wonderful. Thanks for putting things back into perspective for me today.

  8. how delightfully simple and yet beautiful!

  9. What a great idea! So simple and so beautiful! :)

  10. This is so beautiful – I love your simple, creative ideas. And you seem to be full of them!


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  11. I love that advent wreath! Such a great idea! Ours is just the plain metal ring we were given at our church last year! Maybe next year I’ll jazz it up…

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  12. Love this idea. So simple and beautiful.

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  13. I love this!

  14. This fits into my no-shopping month, december, hardest to do! you inspired me.

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  15. HI,
    My husband made a grapevine wreath and put green boughs into it.
    I found some mini tapers and re-used 4 disposable tin tea light
    holders to put them in. They wouldn’t stand up so I glued a marshmallow (it fit perfectly) in each little tin and pushed the candles into the marshmallow. Funny but effective.

  16. When I first saw this picture, I thought it was the first step in making an ice sculpture. It might be really fun to fill it up with water and freeze it for it’s last day. I bet the light would be extra fun.

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  17. really pretty but not sure how practical it’d be as an Advent wreath?
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  18. So simple but at the same time so beautiful! Just sent this post to a bunch of my friends, this will come handy for them for some inspirations for the holidays!

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