Around the Advent Table

Advent linkup catholicmom

We’re sharing Advent wreaths over at today. That means I’ll be suffering, more than a little, from Advent Wreath Envy. I’m expecting a lot of Pinterest-worthy photos with artistically-arranged candles in the traditional Advent colors.

Advent wreathAnd here you see what we have. Nothing picture-perfect, but it’s got lots of sentimental value:  it was the same Advent wreath my husband’s family used when he was a kid. I added the white candle (for Christmas, and oops, I need to get one for this year!) and the red charger.

It’s easy to tell that whoever thought it was a good idea to observe Advent by putting candles on the table, in the reach of children, never had children themselves. Year after year after year I threaten to toss the regular candles in favor of the battery-operated variety, because in my house, Advent is where table manners and fire collide.

At my Advent table, you’re likely to hear:

  • “Where are the matches? These candle lighters are for WIMPS.”
  • “Finish chewing your food before blowing out the candle.”
  • “Stop warming your food over the Advent candle!” / “Awesome! It really toasted the bread!”
  • “I like to put the candle out with my spit.”
  • “I wonder if I can sneeze the candles out tonight.”
  • “No spitting on the Advent Wreath!”

And once in a while, you’re likely to see this:

advent match 2

The newest Candle Game involves sitting in your seat without leaning forward and blowing as hard as you can to extinguish as many candles as possible. Each person gets one chance, then it’s the next person’s turn. Asthmatics are definitely at a disadvantage in this game. (Ask me how I know).

If you need some tips for keeping a relatively-safe Advent (fire and all) with kids underfoot, I’ve got you covered.

But clearly, I didn’t miss my calling as an instructor in Charm School.

A very wise woman from my parish (and the Secular Franciscans) who was herself the mom of 6, once told me I shouldn’t worry when stuff like this happened. “At least you know they’re normal,” she reminded me. Martha was one of those people who could find humor in any situation. And that’s what gets me through Advent, year after year after year.

Check out the rest of the Advent wreaths from our friends at!

8 thoughts on “Around the Advent Table

  1. Honey, at least you HAVE an Advent Wreath! Have you seen our Advent Basket? I’m putting it in the link-up in spite of the name. I’m such a rebel. And all the reasons you cited are why we don’t light the wreath–erm, basket–until after dinner!

    • I can attest to the fact that they do — at 21 and 24 — they fight with the younger siblings. Sheesh!

  2. Haha! I love those quotes – definitely same words are spoken around our Advent Wreath as well! We only keep ours lit for the prayer and then we blow them out or our whole house would burn down. 🙂

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