This year we needed a new Advent wreath ensemble because last year's met with an untimely and blazing end. Those that know us well can guess which child instigated the blaze :) We either have a future fire fighter or an arsonist - it depends on the point of view I guess.
Then I saw this post on Catholic Icing and was inspired. I have loads of little tea light candles and loads of crayons floating around, so I set to work. I worked tuna meatballs into the lunch menu this week because I needed the shallow pan for melting the crayons. It was so easy and so satisfying. It's a bit redneck Advent looking, I admit, but we're going with the flow this year. Easy on me means more time to talk about Advent and more time to spend with my family. (Also helping that realm is Amazon's ship to your door!)
The lighting is a little off, but the purple ones really are purple. We've lit our candle of Hope for the first week. It's the hope that stems from the announcement of Christ's impending birth and the ongoing expectation of His return. The purple color reminds us that the Season is penitential in it's preparation, while the rose is for the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday - the day that promises our journey is nearing it's end.