The Advent Wreath – What Child Is This?

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is the Advent wreath. On each of the four Sundays in Advent (the four weeks before Christmas), our family gathers around the wreath with cookies and eggnog and hot chocolate. Not only is this cozy family time, but it focuses us with joyful anticipation on the birth of Jesus.

On Christmas Day we light the final candle – the Christ Candle. If you’d like to join the Sundin family in this tradition, here are some family friendly, kid-tested ideas. Adjust these to the ages of any children present to create a meaningful time for your family.

Christmas Day – The Christ Candle


Light all three purple candles (the Prophets’ Candle, the Bethlehem Candle, and the Angels’ Candle), the pink candle (the Shepherd’s Candle). Lastly, light the white candle in the center, showing how Jesus is the Light of the World.


Explain how the shepherds watched their flocks, heard the news that the Messiah had born, and went to see the Baby Jesus in the manger – and how they reacted with great joy.


Luke 2:1-20 (the birth of Jesus and the visit of the shepherds)
Matthew 2:1-12 (the visit of the Magi)
John 1:1-14 (Jesus coming in the flesh as the light of the world who brings life)


“Joy to the World”
“O Come, All Ye Faithful”
“What Child Is This?”
“O Holy Night”
And all your family’s favorites!

May the peace and joy of our Lord and Messiah, Jesus Christ, fill you with His light this Christmas.

4 Responses to “The Advent Wreath – What Child Is This?”

  1. Jill Kemerer

    What a neat tradition! We enjoy the advent wreath being lit each week at our church, but I never thought to do it at home. With eggnog and hot chocolate? Sounds fun! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  2. Lisa

    We love our Advent Wreath. I found candles that are battery operated, so the kids can take part in lighting them. I have found some wonderful meditations to read as well. It is a family tradition that brings everyone’s focus to where it should be– the coming of Christ. 🙂

  3. Sarah Sundin

    Jill – don’t forget the cookies 🙂
    Lisa – I so love the idea of the battery-operated candles with little ones around.
    Jaime – Merry Christmas to you too!