Making Christmas Real

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Advent Sundays 2016: November 27, December 4, December 11, December 18



Advent historically begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.

Honoring the season with an Advent wreath is one of the most meaningful traditions in our family. It’s also one of the simplest.


1. Place a small wreath on the table with four colored candles evenly spaced within it. We use all green, red, or blue, but more traditional wreaths have specified, symbolic colors. Just insert small candle holders into the wreath, but make sure you’re not creating a fire hazard.

2. Place a white candle in the center, turn off the lights, and you’re ready to go. If it’s completely dark, you might consider supplementing with a non-advent candle or two to provide extra light without ruining the atmosphere.

3. Simply read the script. It will tell you exactly what to do.

We celebrate each Sunday in Advent, plus Christmas Eve. Right before dinner is a good time for our family, so we can enjoy the candlelight while we eat afterward. It only takes about 10 minutes, but the solemn, beautiful words will remain with our children throughout their lives. ACCS_graphic_sm1