If you’ve spent time in the nordic or germanic countries, you might be familiar with the traditional of having a Advent wreath with four candles. I remember moving to the UK a long time ago and nobody had heard of an Advent wreath – though that might have had something to do with the area I moved to… I went on to painstakingly explain to the florist what it was I was looking for and managed to eventually carry my wreath home. Things have changed since and Advent wreaths and displays have become more commonplace.
In case you’re not familiar with it, an Advent wreath is usually (traditionally) made with evergreens and has four candles with possibly a fifth in the middle. Each Sunday before Christmas, one candle is lit.
As I have one in my home every year, I thought you might be interested in looking into different ways of incorporating one into your home. There are now so many different ways in which this tradition can be followed and they don’t all have to look the same. After all, keeping traditions alive whilst acknowledging that we live in a different era is a good way to get the next generation interested in continuing, don’t you think?
If you are looking to stick with the very traditional look, then you should look for a wreath like the one above. Evergreens, holly, pine cones and red candles are what make this an absolute classic. Also fairly classic is the one below. There are no evergreens here, but by replacing them with lots of pine cones, the look essentially remains very traditional.
If you’re of a more purist persuasion, then how about these two solutions? The black bottles are pretty much as slick and simple as possible and would look fantastic in a modern home. Lined up on a dinner table, these certainly don’t scream “Christmas”, but they nevertheless give a nod to the festive season. Another slightly more rustic solution is the more Scandinavian one below. Wire and some pine twigs are all that are needed for this beautifully simple idea.
Below is an idea which I think is genius: the yule log. Now, I’ve always known yule logs as cakes, but to have half a log made into an Advent candle display like this is a great way to play with traditions whilst retaining the essential feel of nature with a festive twist.
Here are two more ideas I really like: put your candles into tins. The one above uses a large tin for all the candles. Whilst the reds are very traditional Christmas colours, the whole display keeps an up-to-date feel by only using moss and some minimalist decorations and ribbons. It looks fresh and fun and would be lovely for a family table. A slightly different take on the “tinned” version is below. Here each candle has its own tin and they can be lined up on a sideboard or on the middle of a dining table. The overall style has, again, been kept fairly simple without losing the traditional feel completely.
I already know which solution I will be going for this year and hope this might give you some ideas to play with. If your Advent wreath looks completely different, why not leave a comment? I’m curious to find out more.