I have been anticipating this season of anticipation more this year than any other. I really felt like I was waiting for that liturgical gunshot to signal the start although, a race is not exactly the image I want to connect with this lovely season. Anyway, first things first... the wreath!
I remember reading Suzanne's post about how their advent wreath came to be last year and was so inspired, it lasted 12 months long. I love to craft and I enjoy crafts, but I often enjoy them so much, I don't let my children do as much as they could either because I have an overriding idea of how it should look or... I'm just having too much fun. I have been battling this little problem as often as I can and thought this was the perfect opportunity to put on my gloves and go another round. We went to the craft store and I let the children pick the decorations along with a handful of greenery to fill in the green foam wreath that we used as our base.The Professor thought the gingerbread guy looked fun. Sunshine chose the candy clusters. Shortcake, in her love for all little critters great and small, chose the golden bird and BigBoy liked everything but settled on the apples and purple glitter balls.
Here is the finished product. Probably a bit busier than what I would have chosen, but that was the point and I love it. (ding,ding,ding) As you can kind of see, it is hanging over the half wall that separates the kitchen from the eat-in area. Does anybody else hang their wreath? My MIL had the first hanging wreath I ever saw and I believe Maria Von Trapp writes about this tradition in one of her books. It works to keep the flames away from little fingers, but should it ever become too much of a fascination or turned into a dolly swing, I would probably just set it on the table.
Do you have a unique way of displaying your wreath or a unique Advent wreath idea? I'm taking notes for next year!
Here are more Advent Wreaths to peruse and be inspired by:
My Thoughtful Spot
Under Her Starry Mantle
Are We There Yet?