Our No-Flame Advent Wreath is a great way for young children to celebrate Advent! Children are able to make and "light" their wreaths without the danger of being burned!
Set aside a few minutes each day during Advent to "light" the candle(s) and worship. This will help everyone in the family to get ready for Jesus' birthday celebration! On the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day burn the first candle, read the Scripture references, see below, sing a carol, and then pray. On the next Sunday, you will burn the first and second candle. Continue in this manner until the Sunday before Christmas when you will burn all four candles. On Christmas Day you burn the center "Christ Candle," signifying that Jesus has come!
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What You Need
4 cardboard toilet paper rolls, 1 cardboard paper towel roll (cut 1/3 of it off), glue, yellow tissue paper, purple, pink, white paint (or colored construction paper), a Styrofoam disk, green paint, small pine branches (real or silk pics).
What You Do
Paint 3 t.p. rolls purple and 1 pink (or cut and wrap colored construction paper around the rolls). Paint the paper towel roll white, or wrap with white paper. Paint the Styrofoam disk green. Allow to dry. Carefully push, while twisting the t.p. rolls into the disk (see the picture above). You can place a bead of glue on the bottom edges of the cardboard rolls so they'll stay put. Place the pine pics around the cardboard rolls. Push yellow tissue paper into the cardboard rolls and then pull up to "light" your "candles."
Copyright 2000 Sarah A. Keith
For more ideas like the No-Flame Advent Wreath, download Journey to the Manger, An Advent Celebration of 31 crafts and recipes with daily Scripture readings! For ages 6 and up.
THE MEANING OF THE ADVENT WREATH
1st CANDLE- (purple) "CANDLE OF HOPE"
We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God. (Romans 15:12-13)
2nd CANDLE- (purple) "CANDLE OF PREPARATION"
Preparation means to 'get ready'. "Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD!"
3rd CANDLE- (pink) "CANDLE OF JOY"
The angels sang a message of JOY! (Luke 2:7-15)
4th CANDLE- (purple) "CANDLE OF LOVE"
God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us! (John 3:16-17)
5th CANDLE - (white) "CHRIST CANDLE"
The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth! (John 1:29 and John 3:1-8)
Additional Scripture verses to be read during Advent:
FOUR WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
SUNDAY: Isaiah 7:14 and Micah 5:2
MONDAY: Matthew 1:18-24 and Luke 1:26-33
TUESDAY: Luke 2:1-5
WEDNESDAY: Luke 2:6-7
THURSDAY: Luke 2:8-9
FRIDAY: Luke 2:10-12
SATURDAY: Luke 2:13-14
THREE WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
SUNDAY: Luke 2:15-16
MONDAY: Luke 2:17-18
TUESDAY: Luke 2:19
WEDNESDAY: Luke 2:20
THURSDAY: Luke 2:21
FRIDAY: Matthew 2:1-2
SATURDAY: Matthew 2:3-6
TWO WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
SUNDAY: Matthew 2:7-8
MONDAY: Matthew 2:9
TUESDAY: Matthew 2:10-11
WEDNESDAY: Matthew 2:12-15
THURSDAY: Galatians 4:4-5
FRIDAY: Ephesians 2:8-9
SATURDAY: 1 John 4:7-16
ONE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS
(Please note, you may or may not have a full week before Christmas Day.)
SUNDAY: Ephesians 2:12-22
MONDAY: John 7:37-38, and 14:6
TUESDAY: Matthew 28:19-20
WEDNESDAY: John 8:12
THURSDAY: John 9:4-5 and Matthew 5:14-16
FRIDAY: Psalm 98:1-6
SATURDAY: John 1:1-3, 14 and Romans 6:23
* CHRISTMAS DAY
Psalm 100, Revelation 3:20-21