Outdoor Advent Wreaths: Make Known the Coming of Christ

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Last week, I shared with you a terrific idea for a Mailbox Advent Wreath, shared by our reader Celine. This week, I was thrilled to receive yet another amazing set of images of a beautiful outdoor Advent wreath crafted by Pat and Trish in Chandler, Arizona.

Pat and Trish’s Outdoor Advent Wreath by Day

Along with the photos, Pat and Trish wrote to share the following tips and thoughts on their amazing Advent wreath:

Some tips on constructing this wreath would be to “think big”! I went to Lowes (we prefer to support them over Home Depot) and bought two 10 foot long PVC pipes (4 inch drainage pipes.) I cut them to make four “candles”. I spray painted them with glossy enamel. The flames and drips are cut from pieces of sheet metal. I spray painted them as well. I also cut 5 inches of wire and thread it through 4 inches of rope. Then, I pushed the ends of the wicks into styrofoam, and then placed them down into each candle. We have spot lights shining up on each candle at night. We placed pine branches around the base of the candles and placed white lights on them. The stable is something I made years ago for our nativity scene. Thank you for taking an interest in this. It has given us an opportunity to “evangelize” as people will ask us …”what’s with the purple candles?” :) Have a blessed Christmas, Pat and Trish

Pat and Trish’s Advent Wreath by Night

Again, I thank Pat and Trish for sharing this creative way to share the faith and the spirit of the Advent season. If you have a special Advent wreath, I’d love to hear about it!

Copyright 2012 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.

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