Friday, October 23, 2020

PSA: Order Your Advent Candles Now

Advent begins at the end of next month and it's time to order Advent Candles for your Advent Wreath!


For many years now we have been ordering the beautiful 100% Beeswax hand-poured tapers, made by the Dominican Nuns at The Cloister Shoppe, for the wreath we light each night during dinner. 

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I try to plan ahead each year and order extra candles to have blessed on Candlemas (Feb 2) to have on hand for the new liturgical year and the following Advent.

In addition to the Advent Candles, some of my favorites have included: 
  • Beeswax Candles - You can't go wrong with any of these! I replace our Advent Candles with Beeswax Candles for the Christmas season.

We usually have two Advent wreaths set up in our home for Advent.  

The taper Advent Candles are placed in an Advent Wreath on our dining room table and we light them during dinner each night. 

We also have a larger wreath on the coffee table in the living room which we light during our family rosary each evening. I still really miss the pillar candles I bought for years from the Benedictine Monks... I currently use these 3x3 candles in purple and pink.  (Scroll through all Advent Wreath posts here.) 

One year I was feeling extra ambitious and hung our Advent Wreath like the Von Trapps

My children also really enjoy creating their own candles using this 100% Beeswax Advent Candle Kit from Illuminated Ink (pictured above). It's such a fun Advent activity for children.

The dear sisters only make a limited quantity of Advent Candles. 
They tend to sell out very quickly each year so be sure to order them soon if you are interested

Note: The Cloister Shoppe is offering free shipping for orders $75 or more until December 31st with promo code*: freeship *Eligible for US residence only. Limit of 3 times per customer.


  1. We live in NJ and are about 30 mins away from the shop so we go there all the time. Thanks for reminding me , I need to go get some more candles for our advent wreathe for this coming advent ! God bless you and your family

    2020-10-23 23:17:03

    1. How lovely to live so close to the shop! Do you have any other favorites to share? God bless you and your family too!

      2020-10-25 23:17:30

  2. Hi Jessica, Thank you for this PSA :) I have a few questions. You always make everything look so awesome! I love how you bring our Catholic faith into everything you do!!! I am trying to do that with my grandchildren. Can you share with me where you purchased: 1. The wooden Holy Family dolls pictured above 2. The Nativity wooden candle holder and the wooden wreath that encircles it on your table 3. And in your post on "The Doll's Christmas" that I found hitting links, where did you find the adorable Nativity set and all those precious wooden dolls and animals? I would love to set that up at our farm. Thank you so much for always bringing our faith alive! I hope your boys are well at Christendom. One of my dearest friend's father-in -law helped start that school. It is beautiful!!! God Bless you, Jessica! Kris Levy Roanoke, VA

    2020-10-24 17:38:37

    1. Hi Kris! Thank you for your kind words. I always love sharing pictures here on the blog and so glad others find them helpful. The boys are both doing really well at Christendom, but I am looking forward to having everyone home for all the upcoming holidays!

      Ok, let's see if I can find some links for you...

      1.These beautiful hand-carved wooden dolls are made in Germany by Ostheimer. I purchased them from The Wooden Wagon in the US:

      2. Unfortunately I can't seem to find our wreath currently online anywhere... It's the "Enesco Pillars Advent Wreath 5-piece Set" if you want to search a little more. I bought it back in 2014.

      3. The wooden dolls and animals are all Ostheimer toys once again. So many have been hard to get this year due to Covid/shipping delays, but The Wooden Wagon is expecting to get a large shipment in at the end of this month. We'll see! They usually have a sale sometime around Thanksgiving each year too. The tiny nativity in that post - - is actually from a Playmobil set. They no longer make the set we have (#4892 Christmas Room) but this is a current set that includes another tiny nativity:

      2020-10-25 23:31:35

    2. Thanks so much, Jessica, for all your help! Tomorrow I am going to do a All Saints Tea/Breakfast for my granddaughters (maybe it will turn into a tradition)! I love learning about our beautiful faith and traditions and having moms, like yourself, teach and lead is a great blessing! Hope you have a joyous holiday season (it all begins this weekend!) God Bless you, Kris

      2020-10-30 11:42:47

  3. Oh, how I love their products!! I found them thanks to you a few years ago and I'm absolutely in love with the peppermint foot cream, the face cream and the lip balm. They are amazing. I also buy the advent candles and the bayberry candles, which I began giving to a few new friends last year for the Christmas Eve burning tradition. Thanks so much for sharing about them because the products I've purchased are all wonderful!

    2020-10-25 05:27:36

    1. So happy that you love them! I haven't tried their face cream, but love the lip balm and just ordered more of the peppermint foot cream!

      2020-10-25 23:32:41

  4. Hi Jessica, I am sure you have this info on here somewhere but I can't seem to find it. What are the wooden disks you are using to count down? Thank you! Buying my candles today! Blessings Jen

    2020-11-14 14:18:04

    1. They are actually our set of wooden Jesse Tree Ornaments!

      2020-11-16 04:40:36

    2. Thank you. I am now thinking I may have already asked this once before. I'm sorry!

      2020-11-17 22:43:16

  5. dining table a few years ago in your blog. Such a special idea. For 40 years our family has used a tall wooden German Pyramid Nativity Advent Wreath that I purchased in Germany before I was married. I love setting it up each year. Our children enjoyed lighting the candles during every Advent Season and each of us read a daily devotion around this Advent Wreath at the supper table. My husband and I continue the tradition now that our three children have grown and have families of their own. Ostheimer toys are the neatest creations! The German craftsmen are so skilled with their wood carvings. Jessica your beautiful photos are making me so anxious for Advent to begin .

    2020-11-16 22:06:38


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