Previous weekend has been the weekend of the first Advent, and with this the official start of Christmas season. Isn’t this fantastic? Just think about it, Christmas lights everywhere, the smell of roasted almonds and mulled wine in your nose…For me Christmas time is the most beautiful time of the year, and I’m always surprised just how fast it arrives! So I spend most of my weekend putting up Advent decoration in the apartment. First of all I installed some holiday lights, then I made a Christmas bouquet out of fir branches and ornaments and lit the first candle on my Advent wreath. And I baked cookies! See some recipes here.
The Advent wreath
So what is an Advent wreath? In 1839 protestant theologist and educator Johann Hinrich Wichern administered to a few poor children. He decided to move into an old farmhouse to guide them. As in Advent time those children would constantly ask him how long it would be until Christmas, Wichern had an idea. He took an old cartwheel and with 20 red and 4 big white candles built the first Advent wreath, so the children could count the days until Christmas eve. This tradition survived until today, evolving from a simple cartwheel to a wreath with fir sprigs in 1860 and only four candles.
My Advent wreath
I personally like a more linear installation of candles, and this year I wanted to keep it a bit simpler:
- Long wooden tray in white
- Four white pillar candles
- Pine cones (regular and small size)
- Small golden Christmas bulbs
- White acrylic spray paint
- Snow spray
Start by preparing an area outside with newspaper so you won’t ruin anything. Then spray-paint your pine cones and let them dry completely.
Now take your white pine cones and the moss and carefully spray-paint everything with snow spray. This way everything looks like covered in a thin layer of snow. Let dry.
Time to assemble: Place the four pillar candles in same distance to each other. Place the moss around the candles, then add the pine cones. Embellish the installation with the Christmas bulbs. Done!
This year’s wreath has been rather simple, I concentrated on just two colours and only added small Christmas bulbs. Well, I like it! Since I’m not a big fan of cluttered and tacky Advent wreaths, this solution works best for me. So what do you think? Are you ready for Christmas? What do you like about Advent time?