Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Vintage Advent Wreath

 Vintage Advent Wreath

I found this vintage angel food cake pan at a thrift store and decided it would be perfect for this year's Advent wreath.


Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. So what is Advent?

It is not likely to be found at Walmart or Macy's, nor is it confined to Cyber Monday. The word 'advent' means the arrival of a special person or event. Advent, as it refers to the Christian calendar, means the four weeks before Christmas when we set aside a time to focus on the promise, given so long ago, of a Redeemer (a special person!) who would come to rescue His people (a special event!)

December 2 - The First Candle: The Candle of Promise
December 9 - The Second Candle: God's Unspeakable Love
December 16 - The Third Candle: Awe and Wonder at God Incarnate
December 23 - The Fourth Candle: The JOY that is ours in Jesus Christ
December 24 - The Middle Candle: The candle we light on Christmas Eve - The Candle of Faith

From DesiringGod.org. John Piper:

"Isaiah 11:10: “And again Isaiah says, ‘The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.’” Jesse was King David’s father. And David was the greatest king of Israel, so that the Messiah that Israel hoped for was often called “the son of David”—he would be one like David, only greater than David.

You recall how Jesus used this mystery to point toward his own divinity. In Matthew 22:42-45 he asked the Pharisees, “‘What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David’ [in other words, the root of Jesse].  He said to them, ‘How is it then that David, in the Spirit [that is, inspired by the Spirit in writing Psalm 110:1], calls him Lord, saying, “The Lord [God the Father] said to my Lord [the Messiah], Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’?  If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?’” And no one answered him a word.
The point was: Jesus is the Messiah, the son of David, the root of Jesse, but oh, so much more than the mere Son of David! Do you recall how the book of Romans begins? “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,  which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,  concerning his Son [that is, the Son of God], who was descended from David according to the flesh.”

So there it is again. Jesus is God’s Son and he is also David’s son. And that’s what Paul means when he refers to Jesus as the “root of Jesse.”

“In him”—in this Son of God and Son of David, verse 12 says—“will the Gentiles hope.” So our first answer to the question, “Hope in what?” is hope in Jesus Christ. The emphasis falls on Christ as the ground of all our hope.

Bank your hope on him. Not yourself, not your intelligence, not your health, not your money, not your job, not your reputation. None of these can sustain your hope. They can collapse in a moment. God means for our hope to be firm and unshakable and so he put underneath it his own Son. In him will the Gentiles hope..." READ MORE...

Isaiah 9:6,7:

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
 Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

Luke 1:26-35:
"In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,  to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said, 'Greetings, you who are highly favored! 
The Lord is with you.'

 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,  and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.'

'How will this be,' Mary asked the angel, 'since I am a virgin?'

 The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.'


O Come, O Come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! 
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!


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Unknown said...

What a gorgeous advent wreath and a beautiful beautiful post Judy

Anonymous said...

Linda introduced me to you over at Prairie Flower Farm. I so admire your soaps. How I think that I would enjoy making my own. Your scents sound wonderful!

Marilyn said...

Thank you for donating your soaps for the drawing on Prairie Flower Farms blog.
They look wonderful.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Judy, I love this post! You definition of Advent was perfect... and the scripture was food for my soul!!!
LOVE the beautiful advent wreath you made out of an old cake flute!!!
I am a new follower!!! Such a nice stop this morning!
Bless you!

Denise said...

love everything about this post.

Paulette said...

During the Christmas season, I enjoy the lighting of the advent wreath during mass. Your advent wreath is charming, and your post today beautiful. Thank you.

Terri D said...

A beautiful reflection and a very creative and wonderful Advent Wreath! Mine is on the dining room table, and we light the candles each weekend, when we come home from Church. It is a heartfelt tradition for us. Mine, however, is not as pretty as yours! A great idea. I wish I was more creative.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Beautiful post, Judy. I love the advent wreath and the cake pan is perfect! So far all I've done is sit and think about bringing up the Christmas decorations. Maybe today...

Joyce said...

I absolutely love the cake pan wreath!

Elizabeth Edwards said...

gorgeous. i can smell it now. i love all the scents of the holidays. so lovely. ( :

hey, i have a Christmas giveaway going on at my blog ... please be sure to stop by. have a great week.

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

I just love the simplicity and beauty of this advent wreath. Wonderful post today :-)

Deanna said...

I never would have thought of using that for an Advent wreath. Very clever. I bought an Advent wreath at Hallmark when the kids were very little and have been using it ever since. The church I grew up in didn't observe Advent which I think is a bit of a shame. I love the slow build-up to Christmas and the time to focus on the true meaning of the season.

Olive said...

Judy, your advent wreath is beautiful. Yes, Christmas is about him the Prince of peace, the Christ child. Lovely post. I must find my advent calendar. Happy Christmas, Olive

Heide at ApronHistory said...

What a great idea to put the advent wreath in a cake tin, I'll bet it would be fireman approved! ;)

Thanks for keeping us on the right path and reminding us what the season is all about. Makes me ponder the tradition of "waiting for Christmas". It just struck me that all this hype is a very deep rooted tradition, unfortunetly we have just misplaced the focus and what we should be waiting for. Not the presents under the tree, the warm Christmasy season or great shopping, but God's Abounding Love and Christ coming down to die for us.
Is it too early to say "Merry Christmas!"

MadSnapper said...

really beautiful and now that i see it, i think Wow but would never have thought of it...

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I love your wreath and wonderful post!!

Ladies Holiday said...

My kids and I just finished reading a great children's bible- and this would be a great project to do together and highlight what we've just learned...bookmarked :)

Chatty Crone said...

We celebrate Advent in our church too. Very nice and informative post. I remember those angel food cake pans too! sandie

kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor said...

Judy, I love this. Reminds me of having our Advent wreath on the kitchen table growing up...and my dad reading over it and praying over it every night. I'm absolutely delighted that you linked up yesterday at Mop It Up Monday! I'm featuring you over at The Tuesday Ten: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/11/the-tuesday-ten_27.html. Have a fabulous week!


The Charm of Home said...

This is brilliant! Love the presentation!

Carla from The River said...

Great post, Judy! Thank you for sharing!

Debi P said...

Judy, thank you for giving the soaps to Linda for her "party:. What a sweet thing to do! Also, love your Advent wreath! Thanks again and now that I have been introduced to your blog I will be checking back in.

Anonymous said...

Love your unique advent wreath! Also, thank you for your generous gift of soaps to Prairie Flower Farm for Linda's party!

Susan L.

Cynthia said...

Love the uniqueness of this advent wreath and I love this post, so right on. Have a great day!


Unknown said...

judy, what a wonderful post! it's been a long while since i've read the words to one of the Messiah songs i sang in high school!!! i loved it!! you really brought to consciousness the real meaning of CHRISTmas... and the meaning of Advent displayed in a truly unique 'cake' pan!! beautiful creativity! i'm so glad to have found your blog. many blessings to you in the days to come...
^)^ linda

Debra Hawkins said...

What a beautiful wreath! I love the candles, the bring more meaning than typical advent calendars!

Life Happens said...

Beautiful. The wreath and the meaning behind advent.

Annesphamily said...

Such a beautifully worded explanation of this joyous time of year. Thank you and I love your advent centerpiece. It is truly unique and very lovely.

At The Picket Fence said...

What a wonderful idea! I love that you used the cake pan in such a unique way and celebrating Advent is a treasured tradition at our home too. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

Unknown said...

This is so pretty!!!! Would love for you to join me at Welcome Home Wednesday....at www.vintageonadime.blogspot.com Debbie

Unknown said...

Everything is so beautiful, and your post is awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing at the It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas blog hop! So happy to have you share. Hope to see you again Wednesday!


Marianne (Mare) Baker Ball said...

love the wreath! Such a great idea. A bundt pan could work too. :-)

Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

Beautiful advent wreath! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I can't wait to see what you share this week.

debra said...

A very lovely advent wreath....it reminds me of the one in the middle of our table when I was a child...it was a simple, traditional evergreen wreath and it meant the season had begun :)

Lindsay Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

Beautiful post. Thanks so much for sharing this at Artsy Corner. Hope to see you again this week :)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

LOVE this post! Your advent wreath is gorgeous....I have that same pan! Very nicely written with the truth of God's word! Merry Christmas!


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