Last year was my first year really “decorating” for Lent. It came to me after reading the interwebs and seeing many households putting out their crown of thorns and other such symbolic Lenten displays. We had never been more than a crafty Lenten household for this liturgical event, so it was the year of inspiration for me. I like how it turned out.
So I created another one…
This year I based my “design” around the symbolism of Lent just like last year but upped the effect with more spaces and more visuals.
So how exactly does one decorate for a liturgical event that is akin to mortification and sacrifice? It doesn’t really scream embellishment city. Right?
Here was my philosophy when I began to decorate:
Decorating isn’t always about beautifying; It’s also about creating meaning.
There’s one thing we as Christian homemakers need to understand in our HGTV obsessed world is that beauty and function are often the only goal in decorating our homes or in coveting the Fixer Upper look; but a well-decorated home serves more than the beautiful eye, it is the backdrop to living out God’s grace at home. It pushes us to go beyond granite choices and sofa colors to create a meaningful home for our interior life and those whose souls have been entrusted to us.
This is the basis of faith decorating. This is how a Lenten display ends up being called decorating. Think about when you walk into a classroom, the teacher has hung on the wall the very tools for inspiring, learning and thinking, from charts to quotes. It is very theme-based. It sets the mood for the task at hand.
So decorating for Lent is about setting the mood. It’s theme-based and is comprised of symbols, quotes, and art.
Here’s how our home came together in our Lenten Display 2016:
I first began with the symbols we all pretty much know and understand as Christians:
The Desert (where the Gospel of Mark tells us Jesus went for 40 days and was tempted)
- natural elements (burlap, wood, twine)
The Liturgical Colors
- black (for sin)
- purple (for penance)
- natural (creams, browns for the desert)
- The Last Supper
- The Passion
- The Crucifixion