Create an Advent Environment

Advent wreath

Using color, symbol and sound beyond the customary Advent wreath and calendars helps create an atmosphere of anticipation. It sets the season apart, illuminating the time of waiting. When much of the world is jumping straight into Christmas decorations and festivity it helps to have visual ways to mark the season. Purples and blues reinforce the subdued, longing seasonal mood.

Here are some of the things I’ve accumulated over the years. It is important to get things you really love so you’ll look forward to getting them out each year. If you keep your eyes open, there are many wonderful things to find or make.

Swedish Wooden Advent Star
Lighted Swedish wooden Advent star lights the porch
Swedish brass Advent star
Lighted Swedish brass Advent star hangs between living and dining room
Blue angel
Blue angel for Advent
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Small cross stitched angel
Green angel with star
Angel with star
Small cross stitched bell pull
Purple prophets
Purple Prophets, simply made on clothespins, with Bible verses:
Prepare the way of the Lord. Isaiah 40:3
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Isaiah 9:2
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Isaiah 40:1
The glory of the Lord shall be revealed. Isaiah 40:5
Brass & copper Advent watchmen
Advent Watchmen
German pewter Advent wreath
Danish Advent wreath paper cutting
Danish paper cutting—unusual as it shows Mary before the birth
Advent bell pull
Bell pull, Scandinavian chart
Advent pillow, Swedish chart
Hummel Advent angels
Cross stitched Advent Hummel designs

Make easy Advent Mini Banners & Bookmarks

Mini Banner
8x12-inch felt squares + dowel & yarn
Mini Banner
Mini Banner
Bookmark
8 1/2 x 2-inch felt piece

Count the Days 
Ways to mark the passing of Advent days, some traditional, some less so
Mike and Molly and Baby at Advent
Learn about Advent along with Mike, Molly and Baby; simple Advent cartoon for December 1 – 25 with Bible verse, short reflection and Christmas carol for each day; nice to use with Advent wreath or alone
O Antiphon Cookies 
Patterns and recipe to make cookies for the O Antiphon days, December 17-23

Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Resource Books for Families 
Christmas Books for Children 

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