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Make Your Own Christmas Wreath

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Event:
Christmas Workshop on November 25th, 1pm to 4pm
Making a Christmas wreath is a project that requires creativity, sustainability and reflection. It can be a community activity or an individual project. The style and design of a wreath can be intricate and delicate or a frenzy of foliage and flowers - it all depends on the maker. The project also uses any materials at hand in your garden, so is quite a sustainable project.

Make Your Own Christmas Wreath
Make Your Own Christmas Wreath


Wreaths are far more prevalent in colder climates, with many festooning buildings, homes and even cars for their Advent and Christmas celebrations. But they are also very popular for midsummer celebrations.

Christmas Workshop on November 25th, 1pm to 4pm
Christmas Workshop on November 25th, 1pm to 4pm


The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolises 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.

Lighting a Candle
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 on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Lucie and her Christmas Wreath
Lucie and her Christmas Wreath


Advent wreaths, which are made of evergreens decorated with candles were a symbol in northern Europe long before the arrival of Christianity. The circle symbolised 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.

Make Your Own Christmas Wreath
Make Your Own Christmas Wreath


Hope, Peace, Joy & Love
Many churches have the ritual of lighting advent candles, the advent candles symbolise hope, peace, joy, and love and 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.

Christmas Workshop on November 25th, 1pm to 4pm
Christmas Workshop on November 25th, 1pm to 4pm


Community Project
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 people 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 eucalyptus, and argyle apple gums to bottle brushes and evergreens and succulents. Candles can be featured in addition to other decorations, ribbons and even lollies. One is only limited by your imagination.

Christmas Workshop on November 25th, 1pm to 4pm
Christmas Workshop on November 25th, 1pm to 4pm


The next Advent wreath workshop will take place on November 25th at Bethany Hall, Willunga. 1pm to 4pm. All materials, refreshments and door prize included. Only $25. Bring your own secateurs. Bookings are essential. Contact 85562758 to book your place.

Advent wreath
Advent wreath


Willunga Christmas Tree Festival
Many advent wreaths from the workshop will also be on display in the Willunga Christmas Tree Festival, which is on December 2nd & 3rd from 10am to 4pm. The festival is a showcase for creative minds, either collectively or as individuals. This year the festival the theme in 2017 is Follow the Star. 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. Great for Christmas gift ideas.
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Why? Making an advent wreath is fun.
When: Saturday, November 25, 1pm to 4pm
Phone: 85562758
Where: Bethany Hall, Corner of St Jude Street & St Andrews Terrace, Willunga
Cost: $ 25, Bookings Essential
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