Here is a document I prepared with simple Advent prayers for the Sundays, as well as the text of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. If you need to know the tune, you can find it here.
People, do not be daunted by the Advent wreath.
Last year, when I posted about it, I promised to try to remember to show you the underside of this year's.
It's just one of those brass rings with the candle holders attached. I made a cardboard ring, which I then covered with a satin ribbon. I wired the ribbon-covered ring to the brass ring and twined grapevines (which abound, alas, in my yard) around all -- just enough to make a foundation for any greenery that I want to decorate with.
This foundation makes it possible for me to just stick bits of evergreen, holly, yew, azalea (the branches are a lovely russet color in the late fall)...and wind ivy around it all, sticking the ends in the grapevine or wire as I go. I might glue-gun, I might not. I might wire, I might not.
I try to make the sides pretty too, as the whole thing hangs by those cords (which are gift-wrapping cord with wire inside) from my chandelier.
I do think your wreath should be made with natural materials...either pretty on its own, like those nice pottery ones, or decorated with real greenery, even though it does tend to get a little sad looking after a while. The thing is, real materials inspire wonder, even when slightly wilted, and plastic does not.
A hanging Advent wreath is fabulous, if you can swing it. It's also practical, in that it doesn't take up room on the table and keeps the candles above the action. You just have to make sure the candles are well stuck into those holders. Feel free to switch out the candles as the season progresses, if they burn down too low. This requires buying two sets! Don't forget.
This wreath is last year's. I added hydrangea, which I will to this year's as well, once it's up there. Right now it's out in the garage, trying not to dry out. I made it early because of the talk...
The hydrangea seems to be more autumnal (after all, winter doesn't start until just before Christmas), so you can take it out on Christmas Day, as well as replace the candles with Christmas-y ones.
I've also started making a kitchen wreath, since our numbers are so low (send more kids!).
I use Uncle Gerry's beautiful green bowl (it's his in that he made it!) that usually resides in the corner cupboard.
Right now it just has some random candles in it...hopefully I will find the right colors by next Sunday. Possibly not.
I put a piece of cardboard in the bottom, to rest the candles on. Then put in the candles, then all the greenery, as well as some nice-scented pine-cones I got on rock-bottom clearance at Michael's. All our pine-cones are kinda ugly...