Materials you will need:
A round wire or Styrofoam ring for a base
Four purple candles
One large white candle and candle holder
Purple or blue ribbon
Gather the evergreen branches and cut them into short lengths (about 8 inches). Use thin wire to fasten the branches to the ring base by wrapping the wire around the branches and the base. It helps to lay all the branches in the same direction and lay each new bunch of branches on top of the ends of the previous bunch. The purple candles can be placed in the wreath, around the outside of the wreath, or on the inside of the wreath. The white candle is placed in the center of the wreath. Decorate the wreath or the candles with bows of purple or blue ribbon.
The four purple candles mark the four weeks or Sundays in Advent. Each week a new candle is lit until all are burning the last week. This symbolizes the increasing crescendo of light as we approach the celebration of Jesus' birth. The white candle in the center of the wreath is the Christ candle. It is white to represent purity, and it is lit with the other four candles on Christmas Day to remind us that Christ has come as the light of the world.