Ready For Advent This Sunday?

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Just wanted to take a moment and remind you of the beginning of Advent this Sunday. If you are out and about this weekend, you may want to remember to get your candles if you have not done so. I’ll give you a review of how our family celebrates Advent and the color of candles we use and what they represent.

Blinkin SquiggleI make a centerpiece on our breakfast nook where we meet in the evenings to remember the coming of Jesus and read Scriptures that pertain to His birth and His future arrival.  In the centerpiece I incorporate five candles in a circular design.  I then add decorations around the candles to make it beautiful such as pine cones, leaves, and ribbon.

You will need three purple candles, one pink candle and one large white candle that can burn for an entire day.  The white candle will sit in the center of your circular design with the others round about. The colors of the candles may vary, but these are the colors we use.


On the first Sunday you will light a purple Prophecy candle.
On the second Sunday you will light a purple Bethlehem candle.  You will also light the Prophecy candle.
On the third Sunday you will light a pink Shepherd’s candle.  You will also light the Prophecy and the Bethlehem candles.
On the fourth Sunday you will light a purple Angel’s candle.  You will also light the Prophecy, Bethlehem, and the Shepherd’s candles.

The fifth candle is the Christ’s candle and is lit on Christmas Eve all by itself.  We purchase a large white candle with three or four wicks that is safe to burn for extended periods of time.  Keep it lit throughout the day of Christmas Eve, but of course, be extremely careful to blow it out and let it cool down periodically.

If you would like to do Advent on Sundays only, I highly recommend “Celebrating A Christ-Centered Christmas” by Sharon Jaynes.  Her illustrations are absolutely lovely and we have enjoyed this book in our home for many years, not only for Advent, but for wonderful Christmas ideas.

If, however, you would like to do Advent everyday and not just on Sunday, you should consider “The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader” by Donna W. Payne and Fran Lenzo – our family loves this book and although we have never accomplished actually being together every night through Advent, due to different schedules – we have certainly made really good attempts to do so.  You can still use this book for Advent on Sundays only. Also, a great blog to get excellent understanding of celebrating Advent is ExpectantlyListening with Victoria.

The following are some Scriptures that could be read for each Sunday and on Christmas Eve.

November 30: Luke 1:30-35
December 7: Luke 2:1-7
December 14: Luke 2:8-12
December 21: Luke 2:13-20
December 24: John 1:6-13

Blinkin Squiggle

Is this the first time you are considering celebrating Advent?  If so, I would love to hear from you. I’m so glad you have stopped by SimplyLiving101 and hope that you will stop by again.  Please leave a comment and let me know how you celebrate the coming of Jesus with your family.  Blessing to you and your family.

Happy Advent!


The #3 Way To Be Truly Thankful



Here is the #3 Way to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving.  I hope these are as beneficial to you as they have been to me over the years.  I’m so excited for Thanksgiving Day coming up this Thursday.  Between writing and studying my way through “November Thankfulness” and going back over these FIVE WAYS to be thankful, my heart feels definitely prepared to celebrate on Thanksgiving Day.


The Third Way to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving

Begin praying for and planning out your Thanksgiving Day, and preparing for Advent which begins on November 30th this year of 2014.

The third way to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving is by doing the “Three Ps”.  Pray, Plan, and Prepare ahead for your Thanksgiving meal and the celebration of Advent which takes place each Sunday after Thanksgiving until the week of Christmas.  By doing this ahead of time, you will feel better prepared for the coming celebrations.

The following is a list of dishes and items that are typically on our Thanksgiving table.  This list will vary, of course, for every household.  My list is simply to get you thinking early about a list of your own:

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, homemade braided bread, peas & carrots, pistachio pudding with marshmallows and pineapple (my kids call this the green stuff), whole black olives, cranberry sauce, and of course, pumpkin pie with whip cream.  Wow!  Just typing out that list, makes me truly thankful for Thanksgiving Day!

If there are any recipes you may need, including how to bake your turkey, I recommend  I love this site because it has videos for many of the recipes showing me exactly what to do.

In regards to preparing for Advent I recommend with Valerie, “The Advent Jesse Tree” written by Dean Meador Lambert, “Celebrating A Christ-Centered Christmas” by Sharon Jaynes, or my favorite Advent book of all time, “The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader” by Donna W. Payne and Fran Lenzo.  This book was given to me in 2004 by a special friend and our family has used it every year since.

I personally use all of these resources to prepare for Advent in one way or another.

Blinkin Squiggle

I would love for you to send a list of your Thanksgiving Day dishes, or any traditions, books, or websites you may use to make it a very special day.  If you stop by, please remember to click on the blue “Follow SimplyLiving101” button in the right side-bar or leave a message below.  I’m so glad you came by.  I will be giving the #4 Way to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving tomorrow, so be sure to stop by again!  See you then 🙂