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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Simple Abundance

I want to thank everyone who have left me such wonderful comments, tweets and messages during this difficult time. While I am still currently in Minnesota I felt that it was appropriate to run this post, which was written prior to my Grandmother’s passing, as she was one of the most faithful women I have been blessed to know. Next Sunday as I light my first makeshift advent candle I will be thinking of her.
Photo by Uusi kuu. This would make a good table centerpiece. I have a plate like this that I use on the table for Fall. I could do this for Christmas!
Black Friday is coming.  
Along with it there will be mobs of people pushing, fighting, cursing….everything that the spirit of Christmas is not.
To safeguard my peace I no longer participate. I stay home and pray for those, like the Fashionista, who leave still warm Thanksgiving turkeys to go serve the frenzied masses.
Never would have thought of my green's from Christmas. But wow how pretty. I will be putting this at my entry to my front door.
It’s easy for the peace of season to be stolen. Joy can disappear as quickly as the last parking space being taken even though your blinker was on. Hope can be lost when you travel to three different grocery stores only to discover that there are no cranberries left to be found.  Love can be lost when tempers short out faster than Chevy Chase’s fuse box.
So how do we keep the joy, hope, love and peace of the season alive?
We keep our mind and heart focused on what really matters.
Eyes on the prize so to speak.
Could translate easily to an advent wreath
The season of advent helps us to do that. Every Sunday a new candle is lit.With it anger can be replaced with the light. Fresh promise awaits. 
Tips para tu mesa: Crea una Navidad llena de luz con velas y de aromas cálidos con especias como la canela.

In years passed I have hosted online cookies exchanges, Christmas craft link ups, perfect present parties…All good things, but probably now long forgotten.

Advent Wreath in Cake Tin: Moss, ribbon around the candles, and matchboxes wrapped in Christmas paper
This year I am trying to capture something more.
More goodness, more hope, more joy, more happiness, more peace.

Each Sunday throughout the season of advent the focus will be on the good I have gleaned from the previous week. Small joys and glimpses of the reason for the season.

rosemary candle wreaths. candle warmth releases fragrance - traditionalhome
Like a single candle that is lit then passed on I invite you to join me. Either by posting your own small bits of bliss every Sunday on your own blog or just by leaving happy stories through the comments here.

Gives me inspiration to use a bundt pan for the base of  the advent wreath center piece
A lovely reminder to help you focus on the good during harried weeks is to create an advent candle display in your home. Each glimpse of it may slow your breath and remind you to focus on the eternal light. Of course with the help of Pinterest you can see that the lighting of the advent candle has come a long way. It is no longer limited to just a wreath. You can use simple canning jars, old tins, wooden boxes, and so much more. Ever simple, but truly lovely.

As I was collecting christmas inspiration, I came across some trends. Candles in vintage vessels (such as metal pots, tins, cermaic pots or bottles) and surrounded by greenery, such as moss and pin...
It was my mother, Nadine, who introduced me to the advent candle. In her memory this week I will be creating our display in her old crazed ceramic bundt pan.

Yes, I will still be sharing crafts and recipes during the week but the Sabbath will hold something more.
Will you join me in lighting the first candle next Sunday?

Advent candles - I wonder if I could find a cool old cake tin that is round? I love this idea but still want the round wreath.
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” ~ Matthew 5:14


Christine said...

Grandma Jingles is smiling down on you because of who you are, loving!
I will be lighting a candle, small and simple but full of the season.

Rhonda said...

Amazing message here. So sad to hear about your grandmother. Sending prayers and condolences.

Auntie Em said...

A difficult time to be away from your home and family but I am sure family members where you are will be pleased you are able to stay.
Advent wreaths are a lovely way to slow down and think of the reason for the season. They have changed over the years but the message is the same, no matter what form the candles and holders take. It's that sweet moment of peace and calm that can overtake a whole congregation, your own little family or even your self when the candle is lit. We need more of those gentle moments of peace and reflection in our lives.
May you and yours be blessed with many over the coming weeks ahead.

GSGreatEscaper said...

A friend is cleaning out the house she's lived in for 35 years. Last week I went to have tea with her and she gave me a lot of stuff to give away or use. I didn't notice until I got home that it included a bag with 6 purple and 1 pink candles. I think that's a sign that although we haven't done the wreath the past few years since DD was away at school, now that she's back, we need to return to our candle lighting, collect reading, and tea on Sunday nights in Advent. Over the next week I will think about where and how to make it...perhaps a bit differently from the usual candles and pine cones in the fruit bowl?

And I'll add a thought of you far across the country, doing the same thing.

I am glad I live in Massachusetts where stores still can not open on Thanksgiving. Let's hope our new governor has the strength to hold the line.

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

My prayers are with you. You have posting a wonderful and meaningful post today. God Bless.

Elizabeth BlueClearSky said...

So sorry for the loss of your beautiful Grandmother. Your post was lovely.

Syd said...

What a beautiful post.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

My heart and thoughts have been with you. Beautiful post. God Bless.


I love the advent candle ideas that you shared! Since you are still in MN and if you have any extra time, maybe I could meet you for tea??? If it works out, email me and I'll give you my phone numbers so we can arrange a time.

Dayle said...

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved grandmother. May you be warmed and comforted by the sweet memories you share.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I repinned some of the simplest advent candle ideas of your post. December is the busiest month for teachers in France with many staff meetings, so I like Christmas preparation and decor to be simple and peaceful, so I can come home late to a welcoming but not fussy home.

Angela said...

How amazing is this post! I am praying for you. I am also inspired to create my own advent wreath.

Linda said...

Dear Laura,
Thank you so much for this beautiful reminder to us all. I've shared a link to this post on my blog because it's just too lovely to keep to myself. :)
For reasons mentioned, this is why I do all of my fall/winter birthday/Christmas shopping early, starting at the end of the summer and ending by November 1st. Because I want to be able to enjoy everything about Thanksgiving and Christmas without the stress of needing to be out there shopping. That's not to say I don't have "my moments", but it helps me tremendously.

Much love to you and your family for a blessed Thanksgiving!

diana said...

Yes,Yes,and YES!

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful post! I would love to join in ~ My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your precious grandmother.