Last night our Altar Guild held a lovely event- Advent by Candlelight. It was a wonderful way to welcome in the season of Advent.
Our fellowship hall was filled with round tables. Each table had a hostess. The hostess was in charge of setting the table, including the centerpiece, dishes, decorations and favors. It was up to the hostess how the table would be decorated, as long as it included candles. The entire evening was held in candlelight.
I had a family theme to my table.
My mother lent me the dishes. I have Christmas dishes, but only a setting for four. My mom had a setting of eight she was willing to lend me. The silverware was a wedding gift from my parents.
My grandma embroidered the tablecloth. She gave it to me for my high school graduation. I love the classic white against red look.
And my dad’s beautiful wood work was my centerpiece. I took the wooden nativity he made and put it in the center of the Advent wreath. The trees, angels and candle sticks were all made by my dad too.
Looking at it without the candle light, though, really doesn’t do the table justice.
It was so beautiful in the room when all the candles were lit. The tables all had their own special touch to them- it was so fun to see what the hostesses had come up with.
After enjoying some DELICIOUS desserts, coffee and punch, we had a service in the church centered on the Advent wreath. The church was lit by candles, and interspersed in the service were special solos, including flute and violin.
I loved starting Advent this way. It was a great way to get centered, and remember why we’re celebrating. It was a time to sit back and step out of the Christmas rush. Advent is a time of preparation, and this service reminded me of that. I was so blessed to be a part of it!