Advent — Here is last year’s blog post on Advent. It is much more my philosophy and this year’s post is more pragmatic.
Since renewing my commitment to live a small and regenerative life I notice areas where we are doing ok, but could definitely make some improvements. This year, Advent is getting a slight makeover.
Last year: Advent wreath with paraffin candles, and plastic bits and bobs attached to a wreath frame.
Not too bad, but I wanted to look at how the candles of Advent could be carried forward through the year, how we could use non-paraffin candles, and how the wreath itself could be changed for one that could reflect the seasons.
What I’ve come up with is a wreath made from our grapevines, sitting on cardboard, with glass candle holders, beeswax candles, and seasonal decor filling up the spaces between the candles. Ideally (and ultimately), I want Kelly to bring in a round of wood just the size of the wreath so that it becomes its own little table/stool/home altar.
I melt beeswax into little plastic tea light cups (that I use over and over again). I do have to buy the wicks, but I try to find the hemp ones. About 4 years ago I bought 2 pounds of beeswax and we are still using it for candles and salves. Bees are hopefully getting added to our little farm sometime in the next few Springs. That should make the beeswax even better!
Each evening of Advent, we light the candle(s) and this year we are reading David Cole’s A Celtic Advent..It is a quiet, peaceful transition into the darker evenings. It lends itself to less television and more reading. Just the way I like it!
What I’m reading: The Celtic Way of Prayer, New York 2140, A Celtic Advent
What I’m listening to: The Last Star and Harry Potter 1 (Sad, but true fact: When we first got Jasper we listened to HP audiobooks every night as a family. Jasper always fell asleep and I would carry him to his bed and then go to bed. Now, he sleeps best if Jim Dale is reading in the background.)
What I’m watching: Nothing this week
What I’m learning in Welsh: Lots of vocabulary, a bit of grammar.
- plus a ton of review
What I’m thinking about: Rainwater collection systems, gravity fed household water supply, designing a “sustainable village” for an author, and Advent.