Monday, November 30, 2009

Dipping Candles for Advent

Today, for Family Home Evening, we dipped our own candles and did Advent! We melted beads of delicious-smelling beeswax and then dipped our cotton wicks into the wax (with a screw tied to the bottom for weight.) We would then dip the wicks into water and then back into the wax. It took a bit of time and effort to build up the layers of wax and to keep them straight and smooth. The girls really enjoyed doing it!

Bella and I made a wreath of pine branches for our advent wreath. We decorated with red ribbon and pine cones that look like roses from our pine tree. Then we added our newly-made candles and lit the first one for advent! We read a verse and sang some songs.

Winter is dark
Yet each tiny spark
Brightens the way
To Christmas Day

Shine little light
And show us the way
To the bright light
Of Christmas Day

Count off the days one by one, as Christmas Day draws near,
Make my heart a dwelling place for Christ to enter here.

It's Advent time! It's Advent time! Now it's Advent Time!
It's Advent time! It's Advent time! Now it's Advent Time!

After the hard work of making the candles and the wreath, it felt soooooo good to sit down and relax and sing beautiful Christmas songs! It felt so good to look at our candle and think about our Savior and the light that He is. I LOVE to do advent!

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