Advent Rings

For me the first Sunday in Advent heralds the beginning of Christmas, we usually have an Advent candle, when the children were little we had Advent story books and we’ve always had an Advent ring.

An Advent ring has four candles with the idea that you light just one on the first Sunday, two on the second and so on. A few years ago I bought a candelabra on Otley market (a bargain at £10!!) which has four arms and a central candle. It’s perfect for Advent as usually I put the Advent candle in the centre. This year, what with lockdowns etc, I missed the chance to buy an Advent candle, so I will light the centre one on Christmas day.

In the past I always used an oasis ring as the basis for the ring, filling it with foliage from the garden. Since discovering that it is not biodegradable I’vebeen trying to find alternatives. I’ve started using an artificial length of foliage I bought a few years ago. I circle it round the candelabra and then start attaching lots of natural and artificial bits and bats.

It’s a bit precarious at first, things are mainly just poked in, if I’m lucky I have a length of wire attached to curl round something. There’s fircones, poppy seed heads, cinamon sticks, dried clementines and limes, beech masts, some gypsophilea sprayed silver together with a few sprigs of artificial stuff. The last to be attached was a fine string of twinkly lights. Adding the lights does mean it isn’t just a feature when the candles are lit on a Sunday, it looks pretty every evening.

Now I’ve got used to attching everything, I rather like my new style of Advent ring, though I do miss the scent from the pine and the rosemary which I used to include. It does feel safer too when the candles burn low!

It makes quite a nice display on the sideboard with the gingerbread house, Christmas cake and all my Christmas smalls and of course my new Christmas cross-stitch on the wall.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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6 Responses to Advent Rings

  1. susie Q says:

    Oh the memories you unleashed….. we had candles – 4 of them – every night at dinner, every night!!!! And come Advent the candles were purple with one pink the third week…… Lovely that you still do these things.

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  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    This looks so festive and magical with all the lights. Just lovely, Margaret! Thank you for sharing. xx

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    The lights are a great addition, Margaret!

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  4. tialys says:

    It looks lovely Margaret – we did buy a Christmas tree the other day but it’s still in a bucket of water in the garden and will probably stay there until next weekend to give me time to unearth the decorations.

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