Over the past few years we have created and used an Advent Ring on each of the 4 Sundays of Advent. It’s provided a precious pausing point in the pre Christmas madness so we decided to do the same again this year.
As before we’ve used a simple ring style – 4 numbered candles (ours are from IKEA. There’s a new set this year here.) , a central red candle on a plate and a simple decoration of pine cones.
In the past we have used the time while the candles are lit to reflect on the year, to look forward to the next or to read the Christmas story. This year we’re using the Christmas Family GodVenture book alongside our candles. So week 1 has been Mary; week 2 will be Joseph; week 3 Jesus is born; week 4 Shepherds. There are 2 more sessions, Simeon and Anna and Wise men, so we’ll use those after Christmas.
Establishing a rhythm through Advent and capturing the essence of all that is Christmas is so important to our family and the Advent Ring is a valued part of this.