Monday, November 30, 2009

Making an Advent Wreath


I made our family an Advent wreath on Sunday. First I gathered some arborvitae from my yard. Any evergreen is good.



I got out my Advent candle holder, a wonderful Swedish one I got at Hearthsong catalog years ago, my three purple and one pink candle, some household string, (green gardener's twine is best because it is easier to hide,) some scissors, and the lining of a summer hanging-basket. I think it is coconut fiber. I used it to pad the candle holder and to retain a little water, to keep the evergreen moist and fresh for as long as possible. You could use straw, raffia, or even newspaper instead of the coconut fiber. You can soak your Advent wreath in the sink from time to time to refresh it during December.



I wrapped the coconut fiber on the candle holder using the string, and tied a knot.



Then I started to place evergreen cuttings on the coconut fiber, wrapping with string after I added each good handful. Try to cover the ends of the cuttings with each new handful as you go around.



The string will be showing after this first time around.



The next time around I tried to hide all the strings and any remaining ends sticking out with more bunches of evergreen. I tucked thick cuttings into the string, and soon I had a nice full wreath.



I added the candles.



We light a purple candle the first Sunday of Advent, two purples the second, add the pink one the third, and the last purple one the fourth Sunday.


We opened our beautiful new Advent calendar, which has a little storybook for each day, telling about the first Christmas.



Then we ate Brunswick Stew by the fire, our Advent wreath close by.



The Advent wreath is rich with symbolism. If you would like to read more about it, here is a good article: http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0132.html Or you can click on the title of this post for the link.

6 comments:

Appleshoe said...

Hello Beth, I love looking into these small windows of your life. This is truly beautiful. It brings back memories of when I was a child. Thank you.

Naturalearthfarm said...

Your advent wreath is beautiful.
I blogged about our advent log. Warm wishes.

Beth said...

Hi, Naturalearthfarm,
I love your little birch log advent log! Appleshoe, thank you for your lovely comment! You must have some cozy memories! Beth

Tammie Lee said...

your wreath is lovely and must smell yummy too. I love lighting candles for many reasons. Such an inspiring post, thank you.

Kelly said...

Beth, such a lovely wreath. The pictures by the fireside are so special. Candles and gazing into fires - so much warmth in your home.

Lisa said...

lovely wreath! and your new header photo is so special! just love it!
happy holidays
lisa