For each of the four Sundays in Advent, observers light a candle. Traditionally these four candles for the four Sundays of Advent form a wreath. Modern Scandinavian design incorporates a candelabra, and those are plentiful. But I decided to follow the more traditional form as it would also incorporate more greenery. One thing I especially love about the Nordic Christmas traditions is how much they include greenery in their design.
I found a bouquet of pine cuttings at Trader Joe’s. I understand that tree lots, nurseries, and the like are all great resources for cuttings. However Trader Joe’s was close to my home and I needed to go there anyway. Fewer trips, you know? Of course, many people need only forage their own backyards. I wasn’t feeling it for my own trees.
I found this wreath mold at a craft store. I’ve never made a wreath before but I know better than to let that worry me. I didn’t want a picture perfect designer wreath. Instead I wanted something more organic looking.
The wreath came together quickly. The boughs wove into the wreath frame easily. They stayed put much better than I expected! I didn’t plan on moving it much but when I transferred it from counter to table I was surprised with how sturdy it was. If I decide to transfer it to the dining table I don’t think it’ll give me any trouble.
Here we are all set up for the first Sunday of Advent. (Which we celebrated actually a couple of days late. We ate leftovers. And we shared a Hanukkah quote.)
On the second Sunday of Advent (or as close to Sunday as we will get because we’ve got a Christmas concert at church that night) we will re-light that first candle and also light a second candle. We will follow that same pattern for the subsequent Sundays. Adding another candle each week gives the candles a stair step effect, which I think may have led to the modern candelabra aesthetic.