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Nordic Advent Candles

I’m slowly getting my holiday decor ready and this year I want to go as neutral as possible. I am also planning to bring a lot of German traditions into my holiday decor this year, so today I’m starting off with these Nordic Advent Candles. 


We have many Christmas traditions in Germany and I enjoyed them very much growing up! 

Four Sundays before Christmas, we make an Advent wreath [Adventskranz] of fir or pine branches with four candles on it. We light one candle on the wreath each Sunday.  

Even though I didn’t make the traditional round wreath for our family, I still want to light up one candle each of the 4 sundays before Christmas. We’ll light it up at night while having dinner or being together as a family.

I used a rectangle wooden tray to hold the four candles and decorated it in a natural and simple way.


Before I started with the tray, I prepared the number tags for the candles. I used silver scrapbooking paper, cut it into four equal sizes, punched a hole through them and stenciled the numbers on.




Above you can see how I set up the tray.

And this is how it looks now:












As a child it was always so exciting to count down the candles each sunday and know that we were coming closer and closer to that special night! So I want my daughters to have that same wonderful time! 

Well, Thank you for coming by today and checking out my Nordic Advent Candles! Maybe this is even one of your family traditions?? 





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  • Pili
    12/12/2016 at 12:04

    I have a weakness for candles and your display is really beautiful. How great it is you want to keep the same tradition for your daughters to enjoy, you’re a great mom and great decorator!

    • Katrin
      12/12/2016 at 20:54

      Thanks for being so sweet Pili! 🙂

  • Beverly
    19/11/2016 at 05:42

    This is a lovely holiday decor piece, Katrin. Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

  • Nikki
    18/11/2016 at 04:28

    Katrin, you are the best mother ever! I love that you put so much thought into everything you do. You are showing your girls one of your favorite traditions and they will carry it on into their own lives and Families. Isn’t that the best?

    I love the entire set-up, The Rusticness of the tray, the little wood disks, and I love and the textured silver scrapbook paper with the numbers on them. Although I don’t remember this tradition from our family, we may have to start one. I really love this and the story behind it.

    • Katrin
      19/11/2016 at 08:36

      Aw you’re so sweet, Thanks Nikki! I remember those magical weeks as a kid before Christmas and want them to have the same memories one day!

  • Diana
    17/11/2016 at 02:05

    Such a beautiful holiday decoration, Katrin–I think I’m in love. Pinned and Facebooked! Thanks so much for your faithful attendance at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • Katrin
      17/11/2016 at 07:25

      Thanks so much Diana!! Have a lovely week!

  • Linda
    16/11/2016 at 17:25

    Very sweet candles by combining natural elements. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI Katrin.

  • Cynthia Chilson Finger
    16/11/2016 at 04:33

    I went to a Catholic school, and an advent wreath was definitely part of our family Christmas traditions. I’m in love with your fresh take on an advent wreath! Very peaceful looking. Thanks for sharing. Cynthia

    • Katrin
      17/11/2016 at 07:21

      Thanks so much Cynthia!!

  • Mimi
    13/11/2016 at 23:04

    Katrin, you never fail to impress! This is just stunning. I have a special place in my heart for Nordic décor as my family were German as well. I love your take on this tradition. Love, Mimi xxx

    • Katrin
      15/11/2016 at 11:19

      You’re so sweet, Thank yo so much Mimi! 🙂

  • Michelle Marttila - Happy Heart™
    10/11/2016 at 20:37

    Always so lovely!!!

    • Katrin
      11/11/2016 at 06:53

      Michelle, Thanks so much 🙂

  • Julia - Vintage with Laces
    10/11/2016 at 09:03

    My parents weren’t much into Christmas décor. We only had a tree with lights on the balcony and a green round ceramic kind of bowl with some fir twigs and four red candles. I always wished for an indoor tree with lots of ornaments but my mother didn’t want to have fir needles to clean up. When I moved out, I started to collect Christmas ornaments and décor pieces and prbably went overboard with my decorations for many years. Over the last few years I reduced it though and now prefer a more minimalist style like your candles.. They turned out beautiful and very stylish, Katrin!
    Have a wonderful day! 🙂
    xo Julia

    • Katrin
      12/11/2016 at 08:16

      Thank you so much Julia! I can see how you wanted to decorate your own home for the holidays! But I can understand your mom for having the tree outside, it does involve a lot of cleaning ;). My mom was always crazy about this time of year and I miss her so much, she had the house decorated from top to bottom and when I was older we did it together and it was the best… Have lovely weekend!! XO

  • Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff
    10/11/2016 at 08:36

    Hello Katrin,
    This is absolutely lovely!
    Though living in Germany, I haven’t got a round “Adventskranz” in years (too boring))! I’ve got a tray with four holders for lanterns/glasses (for tealights) instead. Therefore I can decorate the tray any way I fancy all year long. It’s black though, so your Christmas decor wouldn’t quite fit…
    Have a wonderful day!

    • Katrin
      10/11/2016 at 22:26

      Thanks Marjan! I love the scent of a real Adventskranz made out of fir, but yes, this year I’ll go with this tray! That’s fun to have a piece to change out and decorate all year, I really like that too!

      • Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff
        11/11/2016 at 11:23

        Hello Katrin,
        I do love the scent of Christmas too, therefore I decorate the tray with freshly cut fir springs and pine branches and I put pine branches in vases through the house – with some of the brightly coloured decor ;-).
        Just one week to go till I can get started!!!!!
        Enjoy your weekend,

        • Katrin
          12/11/2016 at 08:11

          Oh I like that idea Marjan! I might go out on a pine branch hunt today! 🙂

  • Leanna
    10/11/2016 at 02:38

    So very simple and pretty. I like the use of naturals, it quietening.

    For the first time ever I am using red in my decor but I still love love love the neutrals.

    • Katrin
      10/11/2016 at 07:11

      You know, I only ever used red in my Christmas decor and loved it, especially with white and then the greenery, but this year I’m trying all neutral. I bet you’ll love red in your decor Leanna! Have fun decorating with it and Thank you for the visit!

  • Kristy
    09/11/2016 at 18:40

    I love this so much!

    • Katrin
      10/11/2016 at 07:10

      Thanks so much 🙂

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    09/11/2016 at 18:03

    This is such a beautiful idea Katrin. The cleanliness of the look, and the elegance of it really makes it stand out. It is so nice when we can preserve those traditions from our childhood. I’ve sure the girls are waiting in anticipation.

    • Katrin
      10/11/2016 at 07:09

      Thank you Mary! I know, it is nice to keep up with traditions, and sometimes not easy when you have a multi culti family like ours, lol, but do-able!

  • Ellen
    09/11/2016 at 17:30

    The Advent Wreath has been an important family tradition since I was a child. It has been carried on with my children and now with Benjamin too. Your Nordic take on this is beautiful, love the natural simplicity of the design and the elements used. Thank-you for another lovely post, as always.

    • Katrin
      10/11/2016 at 07:08

      That is so nice Ellen that you also have that tradition and that your family is carrying it on! For me as a child it always has been the oficial start of the holiday season and the smell of a real pine wreath is just wonderful I think. Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Keri
    09/11/2016 at 15:31

    Katrin, this is beautiful!! I love the neutral and natural elements to your advent tray! The stenciled numbered cards are a great idea! I’m actually in the process of making an advent calendar but it’s taking longer than I expected, lol. I think it’s great to have a countdown to Christmas and reflect on the season.

    • Katrin
      10/11/2016 at 07:06

      Thank you Keri! I am making a calendar as well for the girls, so much fun! Can’t wait to see yours!

  • Antonella | White House Crafts
    09/11/2016 at 14:10

    Very pretty idea! I would like for you to share with us at The Crafty Corner link party. A new party opened today. 🙂

    • Katrin
      10/11/2016 at 07:06

      Thanks so much Antonella!

  • Michelle
    09/11/2016 at 13:33

    That such a lovely tradition Katrin. It must be so special to light the candles each Sunday together as a family and truly appreciate what Christmas is all about. Your Adventskranz is lovely

    • Katrin
      10/11/2016 at 07:05

      It is very special, Thanks so much Michelle!!

  • Caroline
    09/11/2016 at 13:14

    This looks so pretty Katrin and what a lovely tradition! Last year my little boy had an advent candle, which you burn everyday and I must admit we often forgot to burn it or let it burn for too long. I think your version seem much more manageable and looks really great too.

    • Katrin
      10/11/2016 at 07:05

      Oh that is so sweet, Thank you Caroline!

  • Sam @ Raggedy Bits
    09/11/2016 at 09:29

    This is so beautiful, Katrin!!!! I love it to bits! Love how you have used all natural elements!! Stunning!!!!

    • Katrin
      10/11/2016 at 07:04

      Thanks so much Sam!

  • ana@carpe_diem
    09/11/2016 at 07:58

    Advent Corolla is part of our Advent/Christmas tradition, as well! It is a greenery wreath made for table, with 4 candles. I make them every year. We light candles during Sunday dinner, starting 4 sundays prior to Christmas. We do not blow in candles after dinner is done, we dip a piece of bread into red wine and estenguish (spelling ?!) flame with it. Usually, the youngest in the house does that. How about you?
    Wonderfull Advent arangment, by the way 😊
    I like its simplicity! All of your decors are minimalistic but with big impact, love that

    • Katrin
      10/11/2016 at 07:04

      We used to have a greenery wreath and I love those as well! Your tradition is wonderful! We just light the candle, one by one each Sunday and look forward to the holidays coming ahead and enjoy the time together. Thank you Ana!