Sunday, December 2, 2007

Advent Wreaths

Brrrr, it is a damp and chilly first day of the Advent season!

Another of our Christmas workshops was to create these beautiful advent wreaths. We used a block of floral oasis, which we quartered lengthwise to fit around a 10 inch box wire wreath form. Everyone worked on a black catering tray to keep the moisture off the table and to make it easy to carry the wreath home. We added a large variety of fresh cut greens and herbs to the oasis. Since these greens and herbs are in oasis that you can continue to add water to, they will stay green and fresh throughout the whole season of advent. To make our wreaths even more special we used a number of herbs and greens that are found in the Bible. A few of the greens of the Bible used in this wreath are mentioned in Isaiah 60:13 'The Glory of Lebanon shall come to thee, the fir tree, the pine tree and the box together'. Those three greens and the majestic Cedar of Lebanon formed the base of our advent wreath. Cedar was for centuries a rich source of timber for countries around it. Solomon built his great temple which endured for 300 years. Not only is it a strong tree but a beautiful one as well. Cedrus means "strong and firmly rooted". We also added other herbs of the Bible or plants that have an association with the advent season. We will blog on those on the other advent Sundays.

1 comment:

Steph said...

I've never made a wreath, but it always looks so fun!

Nancy - You had asked about the Asian Tea Set I posted. It came from a colleague who rescued it from his boss when whe was cleaning her office. She got it in Singapore many years ago. Both base pieces are some kind of little heating device. I'm not exactly sure how it would all work, but it is fun!