Blooming Advent

Countdown to Christmas with candles and flowers

It’s pretty dark, isn’t it? Candles and flowers are great sources of illumination in the days running up to Christmas. Flickering flames can be just nice and cosy, or can consciously bring you into an Advent mood. Whatever the underlying motivation, flowers make the candlelight even more special.

Blooming Advent -

Candles and flowers

You use four candles over the Advent period. You light one every Sunday, so that all four candles are burning by the last Sunday. It’s a beautiful ritual during the darkest days of the year. Of course, you can enhance the illuminating aura of the candleholder with flowers.

Purple flowers

A dried Hydrangea looks beautifully melancholic next to an upright candlestick. Purple flowers also make an excellent combination with your Advent candleholder, particularly because purple becomes even more intense when it’s lit by candlelight. Purple flowers that your florist is bound to stock during Advent are chrysanthemums, Lisianthus, orchids and Amaryllis.

Advent - remind me what that is

In Christianity, Advent is the run-up to Christmas. The word ‘advent’ comes from the Latin ‘adventus’, which means ‘coming’.  The period starts four Sundays before Christmas, and ends on Christmas Eve. In 2016 these are the following Sundays:

  • 27th of November 
  • 4th of December 
  • 11th of December
  • 18th of December

You will traditionally see purple - the colour of penance and repentance - in churches during this period.


The candleholder is from By Lassen, the candle snuffer is from Ferm Living. We used a Sienna rug from Designers Guild as a tablecloth. The vase is vintage.