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Catholic Activity: The Christmas Wreath


  • Advent Wreath (candles and ribbons removed)
  • red or white candles
  • red and white ribbons

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20 minutes



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On Christmas Eve, the Advent wreath is transformed into a Christmas wreath, rich with the colors and symbolism of Christmas.


If there is an Advent wreath in the home, it now takes on a new character. The purple streamers are replaced by Christmas red — a symbol that our preparation is now over and the time to rejoice is at hand. The candles on the wreath no longer remain purple or white, but take on the festive color, and above the evergreen boughs are seen the long red tapers that will be lighted at breakfast on Christmas morning.

[Editor's Note: Another option, if one is using purple and pink candles throughout Advent, white candles could be used (the color of the vestments for Christmas). The wreath can then be decorated with red ribbons. --JGM]

Activity Source: Twelve Days of Christmas, The by Elsa Chaney, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 1955