traditions and we have carried them on with our small family.
They place an Advent wreath in their homes, either by setting it on a table or hanging it from the ceiling. They light one candle on the first Sunday of Advent, then the first and second candles on the second Sunday, and so on until the fourth Sunday when all are lit.
Our home doesn’t have the wreath. We have a piece of very thick bark from a tree that was felled on our property many years ago. Karl and Peter took it down and with the exception of this piece, the tree was cut into logs and burned in our fireplace and kept us warm for many a cold day over a few winters. We have replaced the candles a few times but the overall look is the same.
We hold a few other traditions too. Karl and I still have a big dinner on Christmas Eve and we have our Advent Calendar hung up by the first of December.
Mine doesn’t hold candy, just tiny little earrings I found at a K-Mart store one year. Each one cost me 99* so I bought a few every week. That was a lot of money way back in 1988. Darn it, that’s a lot of money today!
Certain objects go on certain days……like the church…..it is always the first Sunday of Advent. Then of course, there is the one that says baby’s first Christmas……that is hung on the 20th to celebrate Peter’s birthday. Santa Claus gets scattered about, the tree is put up the day we decorate our tree. Little traditions we have made our own. Traditions that must be carried on year after year.
This month the pattern is a candle. A simple pattern that encompasses the warmth of the season.
You will find the pattern here.
A special thank you to all of you who followed along each month. I do appreciate you taking the time and downloading the patterns and participating in my first block of the month.
The patterns will be up until January 5th, 2013 at which time I will take them down.