Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December Nail Art Challenge: Candles

For the Candle manicure in the December Nail Art Challenge I have these candle nails inspired by an Advent wreath to share. I used China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine and American Eagle It's a Disco Ball as the base polishes and then used China Glaze Paper Chasing, China Glaze Tree Hugger, and China Glaze Jolly Holly for leaves of the wreath. Finished it off with a candle made from Art Deco White, OPI Tickle My France-y, and Color Club Yellow with a hint of Orly Gold Glitter, and voila!
An Advent Wreath is something that my fellow Catholics/Christians out there probably recognize and know quite well. It's a wreath with candles that appears during the month of December and has a whole bunch of symbolic meaning for people of certain faiths. During my private school days we would see them in the church at school and it generally looked like this...
Yes this photo is from wikiHow lol.

For those of you who aren't sure what an Advent wreath is, let me explain. The wreath itself is usually made of evergreen branches (symbolizing eternal life or the eternity of God) and there is typically 4 candles  (in some cases there are 5 but my church has only ever used 4). Three of the candles are typically red, purple, or blue and one candle is white or light pink. During the advent season (the month of December) one candle is lit each Sunday, with the white/pink candle being lit last. I'm not quite sure what the candles symbolize. Some say they symbolize the coming of Christ, some say the candles represent joy/hope/love/peace, and others say they symbolize expectation/hope/joy/purity. I really don't know which it is but I am completely certain that I've seen an Advent wreath in my church every year since I can remember....and now I even have one on my nails!

6 comments:

  1. Lovely interpretation of the theme!

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  2. Such a beautiful manicure! I love how you did your candle :) xx

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  3. That's a fabulous manicure! I like Christmas themed nail fashion!

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    1. Thank you so much Mia! There's been so many Christmas themed nails here on my blog recently--I hope you check them all out! :)

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