Celebrating Advent

german candle pyramid
 

My mom brought this candle pyramid back from Germany for us. I love the beautiful simple design of it. We decided to use it as our "Advent Wreath" since it has four candles. We will be lighting it each night for our evening meal.

  

i want this one....
    

I finished up this advent calendar last night. (just in time, I know!) I had an idea in my head of what I wanted…. pockets large enough to hold a small gift, a quilted hanging sort of look……. I really love the way it came out. I used fabric from the Figgy Pudding line and trimmed it with deep red binding and velvet ribbon for the hangars. With the help of Joe, we embroidered 24 little pockets on the sewing machine. 

  

the advent calendar
   

a close up

The older kids quickly figured out that 24 was divisible by 6… meaning every person in the family would get a turn 4 times to open a treat….. then I said Daddy and I would pass on that so they figured out they would get 6…. real life math is so much fun!

So what's it full of?? Only a few things right now. I don't want to tempt Mr Three with those reachable pockets on the bottom just yet…  but I have tucked away some wooden figures to add to our Advent scene that is now the center of our nature table. Some fun activities and Christmas Poems. Maybe a treasure hunt for Solstice! I don't want the focus to be on "presents" so I plan to use this calendar each year to set up the manger scene a little bit at a time.

Today's pocket held a star shaped candle holder and beeswax candle opened by Miss Seven. They will sit on our nature table and we plan to use the candle each morning to have a little quiet moment to look at our nativity and reflect. The Waldorf curriculum has Mary's Star Path that I really love (two examples are here and here) We doing our own little version of this tradition and it begins with a very pregnant Mary riding her donkey to Bethlehem. I adore these beautiful Ostheimer figures…..

our nature table
     

quiet contemplation
     

And this year the children were each gifted with CHOCOLATE advent calendars from our friends in Germany! They were so very excited to open the first little window and eat a tiny piece of chocolate…..   

  german advent calendar
 

Whatever each of your holiday traditions are, I hope they are being enjoyed in your house and filling your hearts with love.

12 thoughts on “Celebrating Advent

  1. I saw similar wooden dealios from Sweden. It’s cool that they are designed for the rising heat of the candles to make the ‘fan’ on top move around.

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  2. I love the simplicity of what you have done for your family. Both sides of my family are from Germany, and I love German hand carved nativity scenes, they are just so gorgeous. The advent calendar that you made is incredible, and those are some very lucky little ones to have something so special

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  3. I love the simplicity of what you have done for your family. Both sides of my family are from Germany, and I love German hand carved nativity scenes, they are just so gorgeous. The advent calendar that you made is incredible, and those are some very lucky little ones to have something so special

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  4. I really love your Advent calendar and the Ostheimer figures have always been my favourites for nature tables. And those warm-smelling beeswax candles… Having been raised in Waldorf Schools in the States and Germany, this reminds me so much of my childhood!

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  5. funny you should mention that…… I think we’ll use it more as an advent calendar….. but it won’t spin around until we have two candles lit…. Mr Three will LOVE that 🙂

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  6. Thanks so much 🙂 So far my slowing down and enjoying the season is working out pretty well…. and last night we had hot cocoa together, my husband & I using your recipe… oh my yumminess!

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  7. This is my first time having beeswax candles and they do smell so heavenly! The next pocket in the advent calendar contains a block of beeswax and essential oil so we can make our own wood polish to polish all our wooden figures together. I think it will be fun!

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