It’s almost that time of year. Oh let’s face it, it will be here tomorrow at the rate the days have been zipping by. I wanted to share a couple of ideas I have for decorating for Advent. As a Catholic parent I will confess, that I find it difficult….impossible?….to hold the line against the onslaught of Christmas throughout Advent. I really try to observe Advent myself and to teach my children about the difference between Advent and Christmas. I’ve even suggested that we not actually light the Christmas lights on the Christmas tree and the outside decorations until….Christmas. This suggestion was not met with any sort of approval and it didn’t help that my husband was just as disapproving of the idea as my children.
So. I have tried to compromise. If you are the perfect Catholic parent, you may stop reading right now because what follows will likely only irritate you. I salute you and maybe someday I will be like you but in the meantime…I have figured out a way to have Advent lights and Christmas lights and if you are interested in trying this too, you need to get busy and order what you might not have.
What I do is take one string of purple lights and one string of white lights and make them into “one” string by using tie-wraps. With these single strings of purple and white lights, you can decorate as usual but just plug in the purple side during Advent. At midnight on Christmas eve, you unplug the purple strings and plug in the white side which is ready to go. Voila! Christmas lights. We’ve done this for the past couple of years and other than the whining I endure from the children who must have multi-colored lights or die, it’s worked well. (I simply tell the children that if they are willing to wait until Christmas to have multi-colored lights, then they can have them. If they want lights on all through Advent, they can do it my way.)
This year we are adding an Advent wreath to our lawn. I found a place that was willing to substitute purple and pink lights into a lighted candle shaped lawn ornament for me. I’ll use garland to make a lawn-sized wreath with the Advent candles. Just in case you were looking for ideas…