First Sunday of Advent: Wreaths

We started with several trees worth of greenery; holly trimmed from the yards of parishioners, Red Cedar and Virginia Pine rescued from a site about to be bulldozed, fir branches donated by our local Home Depot.

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These, plus the necessities; wreath forms, candle holders and candles,

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clippers and coffee,

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and helpful hands of all ages.

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This is one of my favorite Sundays at church. I’m not a particularly knowledgeable or skilled wreath-maker. I just think it’s fun, and I like to help. You know me and plants.

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It’s a special tradition for the first Sunday of Advent, creating the wreaths and lighting the first candles, bringing light to this dark time of year.

On a totally different note, after several hours of snip-snip-snipping large branches into small today, when I put the boy to bed tonight and closed my eyes I could still see branches and clippers in front of me. Snip. Snip.

Snip.

 

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About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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