WREATH & TREATS!
Family Night ActivitiesDecember 2010 CalendarGOD IS PERSONAL
: Be sure to look at the list below so you can have everything ready for this fun ChristmasKick-off Celebration! You can make the Wreath Treats ahead of time, or if you have some other bakers inthe family, you can start the family time with making the treats together.
Make (or buy) some Christmas treats. We suggest marshmallow treat wreaths using the recipe below.
Be sure you have what you’ll need to create an Advent
Greens: live greens from the yard or trimmed from your Christmas tree,
purchase anartificial wreath that can be used every year.
Florist wreath base or Styrofoam wreath base for live greens. The Florist wreath base willsoak up water and keep live greens fresh longer.
Taper candles (preferably four purple and one white taper or pillar for the center) and
candleholders best suited for the wreath you’re using.
Decorations: pinecones, ribbon, etc.
How to use the Advent Wreath
Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles includes prayer and a scripture reading. Traditionally, the candlelighting is done on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Choose a night that works best foryou. The important thing is to be consistent. If you have older children, encourage them to participate inthe celebration by reading the scripture or lighting the candle.Many like to use the wreath as their table centerpiece. You can do the candle lighting celebration beforeeating and then enjoy the candle light dinner! We encourage you to decorate with items that make it unique to your family.
LET’S BEGIN THE FUN!!
Tonight is all about kicking off the Christmas season! Gather around the table and explain what an Advent Wreath is.
What is an Advent Wreath?
The Latin word advent means "the coming." A family Advent Wreath is a wonderful way to anticipate thecoming of Jesus and appreciate the gift His coming brings.Advent Wreaths are usually made from evergreens to symbolize continuous life. Four candles are placedaround the wreath. Often a fifth candle (white) is added to the center of the wreath for lighting onChristmas Eve, in celebration of the birth of Jesus. One candle is lit each week leading up to Christmas.The lighting of the Advent Wreath traditionally begins on the first Sunday after Nov. 30