November 30, 2014
‘Tis is the season for mix&matching our German and English traditions over here amongst the green hills – and I introduced a lot. There is the annual handmade advent calendar, St. Nikolaus Day (coming on the 6th) with all the whole boot-cleaning-shebang, our Christmas-movie-must-see-list and – our Adventskranz.
If you have no clue what I am talking about: An Adventskranz is a simple wreath decorated with four candles that are lit on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Eve. Every time another candle is lit, Christmas is just a little bit closer. It’s a wonderful tradition and a great opportunity to through something handcrafted into the decoration mix, because they are so easy to make. All you need is a wreath base, four candles and candle holders and some fun decorations to spice things up.
This year I was lucky enough to find some cut branches of a Christmas tree on our walk through Eyam Moor. I simply weaved the branches into the wooden wreath (similar) I have as a base, and then placed my four candles (mine are vanilla sentenced ones from Wilkos) even across the wreath. I had some gold-spray painted cones left over from last year’s decoration and tied them to the wreath with twine. As a last step I placed a golden bow on one side of the wreath and fixed it with twine again.
Happy 1. Advent!
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