Advent Candles 2021

This past weekend I was washing my Christmas linens.  I put my white long tablecloth on my dining table and used the cranberry poinsettia topper.  I want soft colors in the dining room for the holidays.

Each year I make a vignette of candles and decor for the 4 Sundays leading up to Christmas.  Each Sunday I light candles and say a prayer as I prepare for Christmas Day.  You can find more information on celebrating Advent at Simple Ways to Celebrate Advent: Wreaths, Calendars, & Activities.  Advent for 2021 begins Sunday November 28th and ends on Friday December 24th.   Today’s display is built around a votive candle holder decorated with faux greenery and poinsettia flowers.  I found it at the thrift store recently. Monday is a day for seniors to get 50% off, and it was my first visit in almost a year.  I put it in the center of the table and put a little ceramic snowman votive holder beside it.  It’s a perfect way to light Advent candles.  The two candles on each end will burn for the first Sunday of Advent. The next candle coming in on both sides are added with the ends for week 2.  The next two candles coming in are added for week 3.  On the 4th Sunday the middle candle will glow along with all the others. The little snowman votive holder will be glowing on the 4th Sunday too.

I cleaned and arranged the greenery, leaves, and poinsettias.  The little gold berries don’t really stand out anymore.  The vintage decorations are somewhat subdued and a little worn.  The flowers look great with some adjustment.  I decided to try and add a few small touches to refresh the look.  After adding white votives, I started adding faux pearls from Dollar Tree around the candle holders, on branches, and the centers of the poinsettias.

You’ll notice below that the old ribbon looks a little sad and hard to see in the arrangement.

In my crafting stash I have a sheer cranberry ribbon edged in gold. It’s perfect to brighten the candleholder.  I wove the ribbon around the flowers from one end to the other.  The white pearls and  new ribbon brighten the arrangement.

I like it and the look it creates on the dining table.  I hope you like it too.  My candle display this year cost me about $5 including the candleholder and votives from Dollar Tree.  I had the left over ribbon and pearls from other projects.

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

14 thoughts to “Advent Candles 2021”

  1. This is really pretty, Carol. I love how you made this from your own stash and with a few additions from Dollar Tree. Isn’t that the best store? It shows how anyone can make something truly lovely without spending a lot. What a beautiful way to honor advent.

    1. I agree but I also think it shows how an old item in the thrift store can be changed with few additions and not much money. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  2. When I was teaching, each year I would have my class construct their own Advent Candles using six toilet rolls and a plastic plate. I had the use colored paper, yellow paper for lights. They loved doing it and when they left for Christmas, they could take their Advent Candles home. Their parents loved them. You know, I may make one this year.

    Cruisin Paul

    1. That’s a wonderful craft project for both kids and adults. I started out teaching elementary school when I first graduated from college. Thanks for sharing your memeories Paul. Happy Tuesday!

  3. This is so sweet and pretty. You surely reminded everyone the reason for this season in this post and your advent centerpiece. Thank you for sharing at #aclwcc. Pinned and tweeted.

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