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Traditional German Advent Wreath – An Advents Kranz to Count the Sundays before Christmas

Traditional German Advent Wreath – An Advents Kranz to Count the Sundays before Christmas

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traditional german advent wreath




traditional german advent wreathThe Advent Calendar isn’t the only way to mark the time before Christmas, in our home we always had a Traditional German Advent Wreath.  My mother would bring it out for the first Sunday of Advent, and the Holiday Season would officially begin in our home. I couldn’t understand why other (non-German) houses I visited didn’t have them… but then, other houses would have the Christmas tree set up right after Thanksgiving, so there was a lot I didn’t understand….

The Traditional German Advent Wreath

The traditional German Advent Wreath is usually a circle of evergreen set horizontally, with 4 candles spread around it. The wreath’s circular shape represents the everlasting love of God… and evergreen also represents a love that never dies. Often there will be one more candle, representing Jesus Christ, in the center. On each of the four Sundays before Christmas, a candles are lit. The candle lighting happens both in Church and in the home. On the first Sunday of Advent, you light just one candle, on the second Sunday you light two…and so on. On Christmas Eve all four candles are lit, along with one more in the center.

History Advent Wreath

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According to history, the first Advent Wreath was constructed by a Protestant Pastor,  Johann Hinrich Wichern, who constructed it after the children from the mission kept asking “how long until Christmas”. In fact, his wreath had small candles between the big ones, so they could see each day go by.

In our home, my sister and I would take turns lighting the candles for Sunday Breakfast, and then again at Afternoon Coffee. The table would be set with a festive tablecloth, the good china, and the Advent Wreath.

On Christmas Eve… all the lights in the house would be turned off, my parents would light the tree and the candles on the Advent Wreath. That special feeling…. stillness and light… there is nothing quite like it in the world.

Traditional pine wreaths are a beautiful centerpiece for your table. You can find artificial pine wreaths that can be used over and over, as well as natural wreaths that are used once…. and then you save the decorations to build a new wreath next year. Or, you can have a “wreath” that is made from wood or even metal.

Advent Wreath Meaning- Candles

Each candle holds symbolism.

Week 1- The Prophecy Candle, which represents the Prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold of Christ’s coming.
Week 2- The Bethlehem or Manger Candle, which represents Love.
Week3- The Shepherd’s Candle, which represents Joy.
Week 4- The Angel’s Candle, which represents Peace.

(and no fighting over who gets to light the candles! St. Nikolaus is watching!)

There are many different styles of Advent Wreath available. With fresh greenery, hand carved from wood, or even a plastic one that can be used over and over. You can make your own, or even let the kids make one. It’s all a matter of personal taste.

December 3rd is the First Sunday in Advent for 2017

Traditional Advent Wreaths

In Germany, Advent Candles are generally RED… often in the US you will find them in Purple. It depends on the church. Candles in Red or Purple available below.

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Wooden Advent Wreaths

These fantastic Advent wreaths were carved in the Erzgebirge in Germany. They can be used over and over, and become family heirlooms.

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Porcelain Advent Wreath

Bring this one out every year


Vintage Ceramic Advent Wreaths

These Vintage Ceramic Advent Candle holders are quite lovely. You can fill the center with candies, ornaments, cookies or pine cones… or just leave it empty..

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Advent Wreath Candle Holders….

beautiful as they are, or you can fill in your own Greenery and Candles

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Modern Advent Wreaths

I love the different styles on the tradition. Whether you prefer a modern look or something more rustic. There really is something for every household.

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Advent Wreath Candle Holders

Another way to make an Advent Wreath is to add special candle holders to a wreath. A few ribbons or other bits of greenery, and done!
I did this last year with a live wreath I picked up from Trader Joes. I inserted the candle holders, added a nice ribbon, and it was perfect for the patio table.

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Don’t forget the Advent Candles

While Red is more traditional in Germany, in the US we see more purples to match the liturgical garments.

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Make Your OWN Advent Wreath

These Kindle books that you can download today are loaded with great ideas for making your own special Advent Wreath.

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Pictures Advent Wreaths

Of course you don’t have to have a traditional German Advent Wreath… all you really need are four candles and some imagination.
For more tips and DIY projects take a look at these pages-
DIY Advent Wreaths- http://www.lecker.de/weihnachten/weihnachtsdeko/bildergalerie-1999808-weihnachtsdeko/Adventskranz-basteln-stimmungsvolle-Ideen-zum-Selbermachen.html
DIY Advent Wreath- http://ao.com/life/home/crafts/diy-advent-candle-tins/

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Comment(5)

  1. I left Germany in 72….one Christmas market I went to in either Wiesbaden or Mainz had the Advent Wreaths that were soaked in spices for 6 mos .or so…like cloves…cinn. ect….and some other things :?? they smelled so good …didn’t buy one because back then thought they were so expensive & they had a recipe w/ them as to how to make them or refresh them …..Do you have any idea where to obtain one now ????? would love to have one….

    1. Oh gosh, that sounds amazing! I only know adding cinnamon sticks to the wreath…
      I’ll post the question to the group. I’m sure someone will have the answer.

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