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Good (post-holiday weekend) morning and Cyber Monday! I hope you all made great memories with your friends and family over the last few days. It was the first Sunday of Advent season so I am sharing how I make an easy DIY advent wreath as well as showing a glimpse of my weekending with you all. Gear up for some food pics, because there was a lot of it! Recipes included:)
Although my Thanksgiving was pretty small and intimate, it was big on flavor and love. My mom had made rolls and pumpkin pie from scratch and my dad worked his normal culinary magic, which included the center stage turkey that he had previously put in a brine. Yum!
My assignment was a salad and/or vegetable dish. I ended up bringing this kale salad from Cookie and Kate, and an Acorn Squash with Broccoli Quinoa Stuffing by Andyboy. Both turned out well, but not without my normal chaotic presence in the kitchen:).
Black Friday is my Christmas Decoration day, with some online shopping mixed in. It was a pretty lazy day overall, but we did get a little Starbucks date in at the end of the night. The best part was that it was totally empty! This specific location is always packed, so I am making a mental note that Black Friday evening is the time to go to Starbucks or grocery shop. It was wonderful. And who says that Starbucks doesn’t do Christmas?
The following day was Friendsgiving, and this is definitely a day that we look forward to each year. It’s just a time of laughs and a LOT more food. I attempted my first sweet potato casserole, and it did turn out….but not without some mathematical adjustments haha. This pic may not win awards for its beauty, but it captures the night well : ). More pictures of people, and less of food was my take away from this weekend however. I was so busy enjoying moments that I forgot to capture them!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this miracle, but the pets welcomed us home with a cozy night in by the fire.
DIY Advent Wreath
There are not a lot of good options out there on ordering an advent wreath, but they are extremely easy to put together.
I like to buy my wreath fresh each year from the local hardware store or nursery. This year I bought a plain 11 inch one. Sometimes they come already adorned with pine cones and berries. You could easily add your own if that it a look you like. You can set your candle ring inside the wreath if it’s big enough, or on top. You do want to make sure you cut back any pine needles that are too close to the candle for fire hazard sake.
Here’s what the advent ring candle holder I bought looks like. The candles can be done different ways, but traditionally there are 3 purple, one pink, and then a white one that is lit on Christmas Eve. You could collect them individually, but the Advent Candle Set from Amazon is under 7.00 so that click of the mouse is an easy decision for me! For the white candle I just used one that I already had.
As far as the devotional plans there are many easy ones to follow, and if your church doesn’t have a plan there is always the trusty internet.
Personally I love She Reads Truth or the even the advent devotional plans that the You Version Bible App offers. The She Reads Truth #SRTAdvent Series starts today!
Week one is Hope 🙂 There is definitely a need for hope in this world and in my life so I’m enjoying kicking off the Christmas season with this one.
In summary you will need:
- small wreath (11 inches or smaller)
- four tapered candles, 3 purple and one pink
- one white candle
- a candle holder “ring”
- a devotional plan
- optional adornments for wreath (pine cones, berries etc)
Have a great kickoff Christmas season week! Have you started doing anything special for it yet?
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