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Making an advent wreath is a project that requires creativity, sustainability and reflection. It can be a community activity or a individual project. The style and design of a wreath can be intricate and delicate to a frenzy of foliage and flowers. It all depends on the maker. It also uses any materials at hand in your garden, so is quite a sustainable project.
Wreaths are far more prevalent in colder climates i.e. Europe. With many festooning buildings, homes and even cars for their Advent and Christmas celebrations. But also very popular for midsummer celebrations.
The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent in the calendar of the Western church. The Advent Wreath is traditionally a Lutheran practice, although it has spread to many other Christian denominations. It is usually a horizontal evergreen wreath with four candles and often, a fifth, white candle in the centre. Each Sunday a candle is progressively lit, and then by the last Sunday before Christmas, all four candles are lit. Many Advent wreaths include a fifth, Christ candle which is lit at Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Advent wreaths, which are made of evergreens decorated with candles was a symbol in northern Europe long before the arrival of Christianity. The circle symbolized the love of God, which has no beginning and no end while the evergreens and lighted candles signified the persistence of life and light in the midst of winter.
Many churches have the ritual of lighting advent candles, the advent candles symbolise hope, peace, joy, and love. A large white candle can be added to the centre of the wreath, as the Christ candle. The wreaths make a beautiful table decoration for the festive season. Particularly on Christmas eve and Christmas day.
Community workshop Making an advent wreath can also be a community project, as with an upcoming workshop in association with the Willunga Christmas Tree Festival. The workshop is a community activity in which many peoples gather to make their own advent wreath for their Christmas celebrations. It is amazing to note the diversity of styles in this creative process. All different types of foliage is used. From Australian eucalypts, and argyle apple gums to bottle brushes and evergreens and cacti. Candles can be featured in addition to other decorations, ribbons and even lollies. One is only limited by your imagination.
The next Advent wreath workshop will take place on November 22nd at Bethany Hall, Willunga. 1pm to 4pm. All materials, refreshments and door prize included. Only $25. Book now as limited places are available. Contact Jenny on 85562758.
Many advent wreaths from the workshop will also be on display in the Willunga Christmas Tree Festival, which is on November 29th and 30th from 10am to 4pm. The festival is a showcase for creative minds, either collectively or as individuals. This year the festival delves into the past, present and future as part of the Willunga 175 celebrations. There will be many things to investigate for all ages.
Explore the kids trail, visit our community complex, indulge in a Devonshire tea and browse through the Christmas crafts and food stalls in the bell paddock. Great for Christmas gift ideas.