Happy 1st Sunday of Advent! Today marks the beginning of a season of waiting, preparing, and anticipating the hope of Christmas who came as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
On the theme of waiting, some of you may also have been waiting a while for my next blog post! I’ve been getting my craft on lately with a bunch of DIY Christmas projects and gifts, so I haven’t been on here as much.
But I did want to share with you the advent wreath that the Artist and I made (okay, mostly the Artist) to kick off this new season in the church’s liturgical calendar.
We went to our favourite local park, Fraser River Park, to collect evergreen boughs from pine and hemlock trees.
It was a crisp but beautiful walk in the noonday sun. We happened to look up at what we thought were barren trees, but to our delight, they weren’t so barren after all. The Artist & I had just been talking about how great it would be to have some red holly berries in our wreath, and even though these aren’t holly berries, they’re small and red and would do just the trick!
We then picked up some small pine cones and brought our treasure home to assemble on our living room floor.
And voilà! This is the wreath we made. The Artist used small pieces of wire (you could even use twist ties) to attach the boughs together in a circular shape. No need for a wire frame! Then he stuck more greenery in to give it more fullness.
We wove some purple ribbon around it (the traditional liturgical colour for Advent) and then embellished it with pine cones and those little red berries.
We’ve put some votive candles in it for now until we buy some of the long, thin kind to stick in—the first of which we’ll light tonight!
Here’s an update on what it looks like now: