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First Sunday of Advent 2019: Easy Paperwhites

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Happy December, My Lovelies!  Today is the first Sunday of Advent, and this year I will feature easy activities each Sunday during the Advent Season.  I need easy this year as Shanley Belle's wedding is scheduled early in 2020.  I want to apologize for posting this late, but the Tales of the Traveling Tote post went live early this morning.

Today's easy craft is planting paperwhites.  Y'all, I admit I'd never done this before!  Our church hosted a class for planting your own paperwhites and making your own advent wreath, so I decided to try my hand at planting paperwhites. 

During the Season of Advent, we are joyfully and hopefully waiting for the birth of Jesus.  But waiting is hard!  Planting paperwhite bulbs when Advent begins is a visual lesson of new birth.  They should bloom in 4-5 weeks during the Christmas season.

This is what you'll need for the project:

paper white bulb(s)
gravel (I used one cup per cube)
small glass container(s) (I used 3.4" square glass vases)


Fill the bottom of your vessel with around one inch of gravel.  Place the bulbs in the gravel so they are relatively stable.  Place the remaining gravel around the bulbs to stabilize them even more, but do not cover them.  Fill container with water until it reaches the bottom of the bulb. Add water daily as needed (to the bottom of the bulb).

I placed the bulbs on our breakfast room table because it's the sunniest spot in our home.  They will bloom more quickly in a sunny spot.

You can barely see the waterline.

"You also must be patient.  Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near."
James 5:8

If you don't have time to get the supplies, Terrain has beautiful paperwhites in a variety of containers, like the ones planted in a metal urn, above.  

2 In the last days

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
    and all nations will stream to it.

3 Many peoples will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
    so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations
    and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war anymore.

5 Come, descendants of Jacob,
    let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Isaiah 2:1-5

Until next time...

Christmas blessings!
Ricki Jill


  1. I am so happy you are posting your advent again this season. I appreciate it.
    I have planted paper-whites, they are fun to do and usually do well.

  2. I had no idea that paper whites were so simple to plant. The key would seem to be keeping a watchful eye on that water line. Thank you for sharing the tutorial with us. CherryKay

  3. I've always wanted to do this! Now I have good instructions, and maybe no excuses!

    Wishing you a lovely holiday season, RJ!

  4. This is beautiful. What a fine way to celebrate the season. I like your style of adopting easy. As it should be.


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