The 1st of December is the beginning of advent leading up to Christmas. This is a centuries old religious tradition, which originally started in Germany and over the centuries as with most things has greatly changed through the different religions.
The wreath was originally made from pine sprigs on which were placed three purple candles and the fourth and final one was white which symbolised Christ.
The first candle is lit on the 1st Sunday of December and each following Sunday another candle is lit, finally the last candle is lit on Christmas eve.
Now in modern times it has become a Christmas decoration of personal taste, style and choice. but I love the idea of still keeping a tradition, even though the religious part seems to have been forgotten.
Here are a few ideas which I like and have taken from my favourite magazine.
Have a peep, it might give you an idea and inspiration to make your own.
Something simple and rustic.
Made with pine cones and winter nuts glued to a raffia base.
This one has the candles placed on a plate
with pine cones sprinkled with glitter & scattered around
and a few specially chosen decorations tucked in between the cones.
A little bit of purple crept in.
( I'm still not sure about purple for Christmas !)
This one is has a romantic feel to it.
Hope you liked the ones I have chosen and it has inspired you to make your own.
If it hadn't been raining today I would have been out foraging in the woods for all the bits of greenery needed to make my advent wreath, Oh well I still have tomorrow, at least I've got my candles.
So fingers crossed it's not raining and come back tomorrow
to see how my advent wreath looks.