Advent is a fun season for couples. When we were dating, the focus was on sharing the traditions of our families with one another. Once we were married, the realization set in that we now had the opportunity to create traditions of our own! It was thrilling.
It is easy for December to fly by when holiday parties, shopping, cookie baking, and home decorating filled up the calendar. But we didn’t want to get lost in presents when the season of advent was all about the coming presence of Christ.
Displaying an advent wreath in your home is one simple way to help the mind enter into the liturgical season. Light it each Sunday of Advent, reflect on the mass readings for the day, and say a prayer together.
We put together a list of Catholic advent wreaths you can buy and in many cases customize to reflect your personal style. Let us know in the comments which was your favorite!
Evergreen Advent Wreath
We love this traditional and simple 18″ evergreen advent wreath. It has artificial evergreen branches and includes built-in candle holders. Our favorite part is that it costs less than $15 from St. Patrick’s Guild making it an affordable starting piece for your apartment or home.
You can easily decorate it to match your style. Grab some pine cones outside, tie some ribbon, or head to your local craft store for more festive accents to dress it up. Grab your significant other and a group of friends to make a fun day out of decorating your wreath and sharing in community.
A local parish had a build your own advent wreath event last year. Katzie went with three of our friends which made it the whole experience even more enjoyable. Admission to the event included the base wreath and then they had craft supplies available for the attendees to use. We love that we were able to personalize it and now have a one-of-a-kind wreath!
Nativity Scene Candle Holder
If you aren’t a fan of the classic evergreen style or want something that is sturdier, check out the St. Patrick Guild’s Nativity advent candle holder in the $30 range. It is a beautiful visual reminder to have displayed as Christmas approaches.
Nativity Votive Candles
If you have a small space or want something even simpler, these votive candle holders are a great option! You don’t have to worry about getting special candles because the advent colors are already reflected on the candle holders themselves. The set would surely help you keep the nativity story front and center during advent (and even through epiphany). We found this set in the $35 range from Leaflet Missal.
Simple DIY Candle Centerpiece
We’ve seen blogs throughout the years like Craftivity Designs who DIY’d their advent wreaths to double as a table centerpiece. We love the minimalist look of an elevated pedestal holding four large round candles. You can then fill around them with simple greenery or decorative accents for a more festive flare and change the style year to year as your home aesthetic evolves.
Our recommendation would be to use these Star of Bethlehem candles from Leaflet Missal to keep in the advent color scheme and to give your advent wreath a more Catholic flair.
Modern Advent Wreath
This modern advent wreath from Reliquary Supply was all the rage from our Catholic friends on instagram this year! The design keeps the circular shape of a traditional advent wreath to symbolize God’s eternal love. It’s designed as four blocks of different height that fit together, symbolizing the four weeks of advent as we approach Christmas. It is an investment piece in the $200 range that will certainly last you a lifetime.
It’s may be hard to tell how the wood pieces fit together so we included a video below. The shop owner shares an overview of what it looks like up close and more on the symbolism behind it.
Have another style you love? Let us know in the comments so that other Catholics searching for advent wreaths can be inspired!