The great Siddharta Gautama Buddha knew: “You can light thousands of candles with the light of one candle without its light being dimmed. Joy does not diminish when it is shared.” The Christian period of Advent is a time of many lights, a time of cosy get-togethers and a time of anticipation before the big celebration. Many people use this reflective time of waiting to decorate their living rooms with Advent décor. Below, we present you with a few tips to help get you in the spirit of decorating for Advent 2016.
Decoration for Advent – that’s how everything starts
The four weeks of Advent have been observed since the end of the 5th century. The term “Advent” originally comes from the Latin word “adventus” which means something similar to coming or expectation. Advent is traditionally understood as a time of anticipation for the birth of Jesus Christ, for Christmas.
We often use the four Sundays of Advent before Christmas to meet with family and friends at home for an Advent coffee and look forward to the Christmas period together. This also includes a traditional Advent wreath. If you should fancy something different this year: The fashionable, Scandinavian alternative to the Advent wreath is a purist candlestick made from brass and glass.
Candles are an essential decoration for Advent. They create a cosy, homely atmosphere in the cold pre-Christmas period and fit perfectly with the luminous celebrations of the Christmas period. Clever: Many candlesticks that you can buy for Advent decorations are often so flexible that they can be used throughout the year. There are, for example, stylish candlesticks with a cube-shaped glass case or a basket made of copper-colored metal below. The new candlesticks offer enough room to fill you with suitable décor ideas for the time of year.
Strings of lights
Strings of lights need not only be used on the Christmas tree, they help create classic Advent décor, setting the mood on window sills, banisters or tables. A good string of lights should display the Europe-wide CE marking. If they are to be used outside, it’s important that they possess protection class IP44. This means that the string of lights is protected against water spray. This kind of string of lights is practical and can be used throughout the year. With lights, you can create a special atmosphere for your next garden party in the summer.
Christmas and stars – they simply belong together. This year, stars are experiencing a real renaissance as an Advent décor trend. There are stars for cuddling on the roof, or cushions to set the pre-Christmas mood, placemats or cloth napkins or decorative stars from remnants of fabric. This year’s tips for Advent also include three-dimensional star hangers as tree or wreath décor, Christmas garlands with stars and paper stars and window decoration.
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