A Candle Scripture Advent Tradition

by Melissa

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Looking for a cheap Christmas gift for a neighbor or friend? Or how about an easy family tradition? This sweet scripture advent candle is easy to make and will help you keep Christ in Christmas. 


One of my favorite childhood Christmas traditions was gathering together in the living room with my family to do our Scripture Advent verse for the night.  We had an advent candle to burn. It was a tall, tapered candle with 24 marks  on it. Each night, we would burn the candle while reading the scripture passages assigned for that night. We would only burn the candle as far down as the next mark. Then each night we would repeat until we reached Christmas. Once the candle was gone, Christmas was here!


Each set of scripture verses talked about a characteristic of Christ. Among all the other fun and festive traditions my family had, this was one that would really help us center our thoughts on Christ during the season.

I have never been able to find a candle ready for purchase like this before, so I decided to create my own. It’s a simple alternative, but it works just the same.

What you need: 


  • 12″ white taper candle (can be purchased 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Black and/or red Sharpie
  • Ruler
  • Scripture Advent Printable
  • Baker’s twine or ribbon
  • Matches

How to make the DIY Christmas Candle Advent Calendar: 


  1. Using a ruler, mark a small dot on the candle every 1/2 inch. After your guide dots are made, go back and make the dots as thick as you like.
  2. Optional: you can write the number next to each dot (starting at 1 at the top).
  3. Print off the Scripture Advent Calendar
  4. To make it a gift, roll  up the Scripture Advent Calendar, tie with baker’s twine and attach it to the candle.



Cheap Neighbor Gift 

This would make for a very inexpensive and cheap gift! In fact, any of my neighbors reading this just might not be surprised to find one of these come the first of December!


What ways do you like to keep Christ in Christmas? I’d love to hear your favorites!!

Save this for later! 

Cheap Christmas Gift Idea- Scripture Advent Candle

A few other simple ideas you might like include:

Nativity Advent Calendar 

DIY “I Spy” Nativity Ornaments 

This post is part of the Tradition Tuesday series. Come back on Tuesdays for a new tradition idea!  If you have a favorite holiday tradition you’d like to share, send me the details at [email protected] or tag #sofestivetraditions on Instagram).

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