Make an Advent Wreath As Part of
Your Thanksgiving Family Tradition
The last Sunday of this month, November 29, is the First Sunday of Advent. Last year we made Advent wreaths together at Agape, but we can’t do that this year so gather your supplies and plan to make it as a family!
You need a frame with four candle holders. Many of you have one from last year, but if you lost it or need one, the church has several left — they will be available to pick up in the Narthex this weekend. We will also put the leftover boxes of candles (first come, first serve) in the Narthex. If you prefer, you can order your candles for curbside pickup at Michaels. A traditional wreath also has a white pillar candle, the Christ Candle, placed in the center and lit on Christmas Eve, and Michaels carries those as well, see here. You will also need a spool of paddlewire — you can grab an extra one at church if you need or purchase from Michaels.
There is a good tutorial on making your wreath on YouTube here. Don’t worry about gathering as many supplies as she has, this isn’t a “holiday wreath” but an Advent wreath. Simple is better. You will want to use freshly cut greens and good choices include pine, spruce, fir, Leland cypress or any other kind of evergreen. Ivy, holly and cedar dry out very quickly so avoid those. Often, you can pick up free clippings from Christmas trees lots where trees are being trimmed. The key is freshness and keeping them moist. Soak your greens in a bath of cold water for about 24 hours before using them. This will help them retain moisture. Also, keeping the wreath in contact with a shallow tray of water will significantly help to keep them moist. You can also mist the wreath to help keep it fresher.
If you have any questions, send me an email and I’ll do the best I can to help you…virtually.