As I shared yesterday I have been trying to arrange my advent candles as it is the first Sunday of Advent at the weekend. Round one didn't really work! I had an idea that I might try and use some tea lights one each day for the first week, two for the second and so on.
After some thinking though I realised that I would get through an awful lot of tea lights!! So some further thought was required. Last year, as in previous years I used candles in purple for the first two and last weeks, pink for the third week and a white candle for Christmas day. Purple candles are now hard to find though in these parts it seems. I did some reading and found that gold candles can also be used, and as I had some gold candles already that seemed to be the answer.
I love this bowl which takes four candles around the rim, so I added the gold candles. With the addition of a red pillar candle in the middle - standing on a glass saucer for safety I might add - and some berry candle rings, I think that this will work. We only light it for a little while and I will watch it carefully to make sure that the wax and flame stays well away from the candle rings!
As the arrangement is rather large and will be moved for meals I wanted something smaller to leave on the table so I added my old favourites. These metal pinecone candle holders and some beeswax candles.
Overall I am happy with this arrangement, it looks pretty, and will function well each Sunday in Advent when we pause to light our candles.
So although decorating for Christmas is still some way off, and I haven't done the shopping that I should have, I have prepared for Advent, which is all about preparing for Christmas so perhaps the preparations can wait for just a few more days...